Australia Versus North Korea: Comparative Essay
Comparison of North Korea and Australia
Have you ever thought about what the differences of governments between Australia and North Korea? There are a lot of differences between the two countries. The voting elections, separation of powers and the three branches will be talked here.
The prime minister is arranged by the governor-general under 64 of the Australian constitution, which allows the governor-general to do something as the representative of the Queen. That is to assigned the government ministers of the states on the advice of the Prime Minister and also demand them to be members of the House of Representatives, the Senate or be members in three months of the appointment. In Australia we have a prime minister. Australia is a democratic country, which means it is compulsory to vote when you are 18 years old or above and if ever you don’t vote, you will get fined.
In north Korea, they do the same thing. They also have an election, but it is very different from how Australians do it. Each ballot paper only has one name written on it, there are no boxes to tick. There can only be one candidate can stand per constituency in the vote for the supreme people’s assembly and they’re pre-selected in the ruling workers party. Electors can cross off the candidate’s name off the ballot paper, yet almost no one ever does. In North Korea, they have a president and a premier. The entire population that is aged 17 or older must come out and vote and if you fail to vote, you can lose the right to vote for 10 years.
Australia is a bicameral country. The Australian’s parliament is made up of two houses- they are the lower house and upper house. The house of Representatives is commonly known as the lower house and the senate is the upper house. The two house is counted as the chambers of a bicameral legislature. Basically, we need both of the two houses to make laws, as the law goes through both of the houses before it actually become a law. The house of Representatives is where the agreements come to about the law and debating on them and later on voting on them. When the number of votes is finished the, it then now goes to the Senate for further more debate and discussions. If the senators are fine with it, then it becomes a law.
North Korea is unlike Australia, because it is a unicameral legislature of the Democratic people’s Republic of Korea. This means that they only have one parliament or a chamber. North Korea, doesn’t have 2 houses, however, they follow authoritarianism- the leader would have to work between various agents and their institutions, that have the power to change, postpone or even refuse the leaders’ orders. These institutions may set the domestic policy, making suggestions, offering policy options.
In Australia, the separation of power is separated into three branches, they are the legislative, executive and judiciary. The constitutions of Australia sets out the rules and responsibilities of government, this then outlines the different powers of the three branches. The separation of power examines and balances on the people in our institutions of government, which means none of those 3 branches have too much power. The separation of power is made to protect us from an abuse of power. At times the government is frustrated when the parliament won’t pass the legislation and most of the times, citizens will complain about the court making unnecessary laws. The legislative makes the law and inspects what activities the other 2 branches do. The executive branch is the ministry and cabinet, guided by the prime minister, it carries out the day to the administration of the country and government. The judiciary is the branch that solve and punish law breakers, it is the main aspect of our democratic way of life and also keeps the peace and good environment.
In North Korea, they have the same thing, but it is quite different. It also separated into three branches, they are- administrative, legislative, and judicial and they are not independent of each other. The cabinet is the administrative and executive body. The Supreme People’s Assembly is the legislative body of DPRK, it usually assigns authority to smaller but more powerful presidium, selected by its members.