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Prime Minister and Cabinet (All Notes)

How governments are formed
Go vernme nt
= 100+
minister
s and seni
o r
party of
fi
cial
s app oi
nted b y
P M t
ha t
f
orms
"i
nn er

ci
rcle"
wh i
c h
gov er
ns…

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2) MP s of
go ve r
ning part
y
are NO T
a l
l
govt
me mb ers.
They are
ba ckbenchers.
G ovt

me mbe r
s
a re f
rontbenc her
s. They f
oll
ow
2 dif
fer
en t
r
u l
es.
3)…

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ii. There needs to be agreement among all the coalition partners on which
policies can be accepted. All
t
he parti
es need t
o b e w i
ll
i
n g
to give
up
some
po l
icies
b ut
also a cce pt
ri
v al
po…

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All
imp orta nt
dome sti
c/
ma ny f
oreign
p ol
icy
decisi
ons w er
e ma de wi
thi
n
ca binet
.
An y di
sp u tes
w i
thi
n
the governme nt
would be
resolved
w i
thi
n
the
ca bi…

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Mo res
ot heWi
lso n,
shep
o sse ssedg
rea t
st
rengtho
f
p ur
po sea
n dc
a met
ob
eb o t
h
f
e ared and r
e spected
b y
her col
leagues.
Th ec
a binet,
wh i
lst
appe ar
ingt…

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This took shape in the following ways:
The
p ersona l
autho ri
ty an d power of
t
h e
PM al
one had grown i
n cont
rast
to
the
col
lec ti
ve pow er
o f
the ca b i
net
in pr
ece di
ng…

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4) Lar
ge depart
me nt
s have
become
mo r
e i
ndependent
,
wh i
ch
can l
ead t
o a
lack
of
cohesi
on i
n gov'
t.

5) More
de ci
si
ons ar
e made i
n bi
lat
eral
meeti
ngs
6) Much…

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`The convention that a minister should resign if their department makes a serious political
or personal error. In practice, this usually means that a minister is responsible to
Parliament and must face criticism and questioning.'
A t
the end o f
every it
e m o f
ca bine t…

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MP
(
LD
)

Rt
Hon
Wil
l
Fi
rst
Secr
etar
y of
St
ate,
Secr
etar
y of
i
am
St
ate
for
For
e i
gn
and Commo nweal
th Ha
Af
fai
rs gue
MP
(
C o
n)

Rt
Hon
Ge
or
g
e
Chancel…

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MP
(
C o
n)

Rt
Hon
Dr
Vi
n
Secr
etar
y of
St
ate
for
Busi
ness,
cen
I
nnovat
ion
and Ski
ll
s t


Ca
bl
e
MP
(
LD
)

Rt
Hon
I
ain
Dun
Secr
etar
y of
St
ate
for
Wor
k and…

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