We voted for a political party to form government - shouldn’t we trust them to make the decision?

We voted for a political party to form government - shouldn’t we trust them to make the decision?

This is not what happens in practice.

Right now, the decision lies with the prime minister and Executive, who the public do not vote for. The Executive is made up of a small number of government ministers chosen by the prime minister.

Often, Australia’s involvement in conflict spans election cycles, so it is important that the parliament have their say on whether we should be at war.