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Jeff Davidson

Their role as I understand it is Foreman of the State and Federal lower house.

The correct set up is the Queen appoints a Governor.

The executive power of the Commonwealth is vested in the Queen and is exercisable by the Governor as the Queen’s representative.

The Governor chooses members from the Senate and Lower house to form an Executive Council to advise him and he also creates the ministries and appoints members of his executive council as ministers of those departments.

The role of the lower house is to propose laws which the Senate reviews and suggests amendments
and, if passed by both houses, the law goes to the Governor for assent.

He has a duty to ensure that those who conduct the affairs of the nation do so strictly in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of the Commonwealth and with due regard to the public interest.

Well that is how it is supposed to work but in practice, the political party in power chooses the Governor and they choose the Ministers and everything else.

In vic for example, the Governor is no longer top of the pyramid as an independant representative of the Queen, but is now a department of the Premier’s department and basically has to do whatever the premier says.