Censure motions

While ministers are neither appointed nor removed by the Senate, they are accountable to it. If there is dissatisfaction with the performance of a particular minister, a censure motion may be moved.

Although a resolution of the Senate censuring the government or a minister can have no direct constitutional or legal consequences, as an expression of the Senate's disapproval of actions or policies they may have significant political impact.

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Related links

Odgers' Australian Senate Practice, Chapter 19 – Relations with the executive government