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by The Ovi Team
2013-02-02 12:07:28
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With an thematic issue about nationalism we decided to go a bit more political this month. And in opposing nationalism – at least as it is understood nowadays - we decided to link with the …parliaments!

Site of the month: European Parliament

The European Parliament is the only directly-elected body of the European Union. The 754 Members of the European Parliament are there to represent you, the citizen. They are elected once every five years by voters right across the 27 Member States of the European Union on behalf of its 500 million citizens.

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Site: United States House of Representatives

As per the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. The House is one of Congress’s two chambers (the other is the U.S. Senate), and part of the federal government’s legislative branch. The number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law at no more than 435, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states.

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Site: Parliament of Australia

The Parliament consists of two Houses (the House of Representatives and the Senate), and the Queen, represented in Australia by the Governor General. 

The House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of Parliament and is sometimes called ‘the People’s House’ or the ‘house of government’.  The party, or parties, that hold a majority of seats in the House form government.  There are currently 150 Members of the House of Representatives who each represent an electorate.

The Senate is one of the two houses of the Australian Federal Parliament. It consists of 76 senators, twelve from each of the six states and two from each of the mainland territories. It shares the power to make laws with the other House of the Parliament, the House of Representatives.

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Site: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

For our country’s transition from apartheid rule to democracy, an interim constitution was negotiated between representatives of organisations involved in the liberation struggle, represented political parties and other interest groups. After the first democratic elections on 27 April 1994, members of the National Assembly and Senate, as the elected public representatives at the time, met as a body called the Constitutional Assembly to write a new Constitution. In 1996, after two years of public consultation and much debate, the new Constitution was finally adopted.

Our Constitution lays the foundation for an open society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights and is hailed worldwide as very progressive. It is the supreme law of our country and ensures government by the people under the Constitution. In other words, the Constitution is the highest law of the land and everyone must act according to its provisions and principles, even Parliament. Because we are a constitutional state, all laws made by Parliament must pass the test of constitutionality. So Parliament has to ensure at all times that the laws it makes are in keeping with the letter and spirit of the Constitution.

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Site: Brazilian National Congress

The Brazilian Parliament is called National Congress. Besides the prerogative of making laws, the National Congress is responsible for the oversight of every accounting, financial and budgetary operation regarding not only the Union’s moneys and properties but also any of the Unions’ branch departments or federal agencies’ moneys and properties. Brazil has a bicameral legislative assembly, composed by the Chamber of Deputies and the Federal Senate. As the country adopts the bicameralism, a bill laid before any of the houses must be revised by the other; therefore, apart from subjects within private competence of each house, the legislative process grants both houses participation in the lawmaking process. The sittings follow a Parliamentary Calendar, which is different from the calendar year.  The Congress works in a four year basis, planned to coincide with the deputies’ term. This period is called “Legislatura” in Portuguese.

 

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And because after all this you definitely need a break: Our very own cartoonists, Tony Zuvela

Tony was born way back in the crazy, far out, groovy sixties; ’62 in fact…That’s him over to the left. He currently lives with the four people inside his head, somewhere in Australia. His Hobbies are Arthritis and Medication. Was once in the Television Industry as a Cameraman/Editor for well over 20 years. Cartooning and Drawing is something Tony’s been doing naturally on-and-off ever since he could walk, but nothing professional, just doddles for Family and Friends; that is, until in 2004 he decided to give Cartooning a full-time red-hot go ( the silly fool! ), and he’s never looked back; partly due to the Arthritis in his neck.

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Emanuel Paparella2013-02-02 15:29:06
I wonder what Plato would think of all the trappings of modern Democracy. Would he continue to believe, as Jefferson also believed, that to have the majority of 96% fools rule over 4% wise men is misguided at best and that rather than trappings, pomp and circumstances and legal procedures the real underpinnings of a genuine democracy are the education and the wisdom of its citizenry and their good will toward the body politic of which they are citizens. Which of course would not prevent even a modern democracy to unfairly condemn to death another Socrates by voting on the charges.


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