The Governor-General

Under the Constitution, the Governor-General is the King's representative in the Commonwealth and the person in whom the executive power of the Commonwealth is vested. The Governor-General is also one of the three elements comprising the Commonwealth Parliament. The Governor-General powers include summoning, proroguing and dissolving Parliament; recommending appropriations; assenting to Bills; issuing writs for general elections; appointing and dismissing Ministers; submitting proposals for referendums; making Proclamations and Regulations; and establishing Departments of State and making statutory appointments.


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