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House of Representatives (Austenasia)
|House of Representatives|
|Speaker||Lady Vice Admiral Eryn Lewis, Duchess of Bernardston, Imperial Party|
since 10 March 2016
|Prime Minister||HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of New Virginia, Imperial Party|
since 4 March 2015
|Leader of the Opposition||Lord Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin, Duke of Lycaonia, Fatherland Party|
since 3 June 2019
|Political groups||Government (4)|
Imperial Party (3)
Whig Party (1)
Fatherland Party (4)
|Last elections||For Terentia:|
31 August 2015
28 May 2016
9 February 2017
For New Richmond, Theodosiopolis, and Dragovina:
21 May 2019
For Augusta, Gebirgspark and Chalcedon:
|De facto: "Parliament of the Empire of Austenasia" Discord channel|
De jure: Imperial Residence
The House of Representatives of Austenasia (formerly known as the Cabinet, but not to be confused with the present body of the same name) is the only house of the Parliament of Austenasia. The House of Representatives is a democratically elected body, consisting of a Representative elected from each Town and City in the Empire; at present, totaling nine. Representatives are elected using the first-past-the-post system, with each Town and City required to have an election for its Representative no less than every five years.
Due to the nature of the office of Prime Minister, they are usually included in the House of Representatives as a locally elected Representative. However, even if the Prime Minister loses the office of Representative (as was the case with the then Crown Prince Jonathan between December 2011 and January 2013), they stay as Prime Minister and so while not being part of the House of Representatives may still attend Parliament meetings and cast a deciding vote if required. Representatives are the only people eligible to stand for the office of Prime Minister.
The office of Speaker of the House of Representatives was created by an Act of Parliament in October 2014 to preside over meetings of the House, with the first speaker, Lord Charles Clarke, Duke of Grantabridge, taking office on 6 September 2015 after the first local elections since the passing of the Act. The Speaker is elected by and from the Representatives. Upon the resignation of Lord Clarke from the role in March 2016, he was replaced with the incumbent Speaker, Lady Vice Admiral Eryn Lewis.