Since 1 January 1901, Australia has been a federation of six states. In 1911 two territories, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, were transferred to the Commonwealth from New South Wales and South Australia. Commonwealth Government, with authority based on a written constitution and centred in Canberra
This federal system of government is based on British-derived parliamentary institutions (the Westminster system) and American-derived federal arrangements. Under this system, government in Tasmania is exercised at three levels:
State Government, with residual powers (powers not reserved for the Commonwealth), and centred in Hobart
local government, with authority derived from state Acts, and operating in 29 subdivisions of the state.
Source: Department of Education; Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia; Parliament of Australia; and Department of Premier and Cabinet.
SUMMARY GOVERNMENT STATISTICS, Tasmania - 2005
12 Tas. representatives
|House of Representatives |
5 Tas. representatives
Mr William Cox
Mr Paul Lennon
|Legislative Council |
|House of Assembly|
|Local government authorities|