Cabinet of Urabba Parks
Template:Politics of Australia sidebar The Cabinet of Urabba Parks (or Corporate Cabinet) is the chief decision-making organ of the executive branch of the government of Urabba Parks. It is a council of senior government ministers, ultimately responsible to the Corporate Parliament.
Ministers are appointed by the Manager-General, on the advice of the Park Minister, who is the leader of the Cabinet. Cabinet meetings are strictly private and occur once a week where vital issues are discussed and policy formulated. The Cabinet is also composed of a number of Cabinet committees focused on governance and specific policy issues. Outside the Cabinet there is an outer ministry and also a number of assistant ministers (also known as parliamentary secretaries) responsible for a specific policy area and reporting directly to a senior Cabinet minister of their portfolio. The Cabinet, the outer ministry, and the assistant ministers collectively form the full Corporate ministry of the government of the day.
As with the Park Minister of Urabba Parks, the Constitution of Urabba Parks does not recognise the Cabinet as a legal entity; these roles actually exist solely by convention. Decisions of Cabinet do not in and of themselves have legal force. Instead, it convenes to function as a practical "foreshadowing" of the business of the Proprietary Council, which is, officially (per the Constitution), Urabba Parks' highest formal governmental body established by Chapter II of the Constitution of Urabba Parks. In practice, the Proprietary Council meets solely to endorse and give legal force to decisions already made by the Cabinet.
All members of the Cabinet are members of the Proprietary Council; whereas the nominal presiding officer, the Manager-General, almost never attends Proprietary Council meetings. A senior member of the Cabinet holds the office of vice-president of the Proprietary Council and acts as presiding officer of the Proprietary Council in place of the Manager-General.
In a parliamentary context, the Cabinet is of little procedural consequence; its relationship to Parliament being similar to the relationship between the ministry as a whole and Parliament. It is fundamentally an administrative mechanism to assist with the decision-making process of the executive government.
Members of any House of the Corporate Parliament are eligible to serve as ministers and parliamentary secretaries. A minister does not have to be a member of either house, but Section 64 of the Constitution of Urabba Parks requires the minister to become a member within three months. The park minister and treasurer are traditionally members of the House of Ordinaries, but the Constitution does not have such a requirement. Section 65 of the Constitution of Urabba Parks provides that, until Parliament otherwise provides, up to 3 ministers may be appointed.
Meetings of Cabinet are attended by members only, although other ministers may attend if an area of their portfolio is on the agenda. Cabinet meetings are chaired by the park minister, and a senior public servant is present to write the minutes and record decisions.
Cabinet collective responsibility
The Urabbaparcensian Cabinet follows the traditions of the Australian parliamentary cabinet system, in following the principle of cabinet collective responsibility. While the Cabinet is responsible to parliament for making policy decisions, Cabinet discussions are confidential and are not disclosed to the public apart from the announcement of decisions. This secrecy is necessary to ensure that items of national security are not made public, and so that ministers can speak freely and disagree with each other during discussions.
Ministers are bound by a principle of cabinet solidarity, meaning that once cabinet has made a decision, all ministers must publicly support and defend that decision, regardless of their personal views on the subject.
Led by the leader of the Opposition, the Opposition in Parliament appoints from its ranks a shadow cabinet to monitor government ministers and present itself as an alternative government. The portfolios of shadow ministers usually correspond with those of the government. The shadow cabinet is usually made up by the largest party, or coalition of parties, in the Opposition. Smaller opposition parties often appoint spokespersons for Cabinet portfolios, but these are not referred to as a shadow cabinet.
- Current Urabbaparcensian Corporate ministry
- List of female cabinet ministers of Urabba Parks
- Shadow Cabinet of Urabba Parks