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An important feature of the Australian parliamentary system is the prevalence of disputes and conflicts between the House of Representatives and the Senate. The most dramatic of these occurred in 1975 and resulted in the dismissal of the Whitlam Labor Government by the Governor-General.

Disagreements often occur over particular pieces of legislation, such as occurred in July 1998 with the Senate’s rejection of the Howard Government’s legislation to privatise Telstra.

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Malcolm Farnsworth
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