Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2008
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/02/2008
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Each state is governed by a ministry headed by a premier. The state cabinet, chaired by the premier, is the centre of political and administrative power in each state.
Each state has a formal opposition, with the same role as at the Commonwealth level.
Table 4.5 lists the premiers at September 2007.
Five of the six Australian states have a bicameral parliament. In Queensland there is a single house. The lower houses in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia are entitled Legislative Assembly; in South Australia and Tasmania the term is House of Assembly. The title of the five upper houses is Legislative Council.
The members of the parliaments of each state are elected by the residents of that state using either the alternative vote ('preferential voting') or proportional representation (single transferable vote variant).
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