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Prime Minister of Baustralia
|Prime Minister of Baustralia|
|His Royal Government|
|Style||The Right Honourable (formal)|
His Excellency (diplomatic)
|Term length||At His Majesty's Pleasure, usually a year|
|Inaugural holder||John Timpson|
|Deputy||Deputy Prime Minister|
The Prime Minister of Baustralia (informally abbreviated to PM) is the head of government of Baustralia. The Prime Minister directs both the executive and the legislature, and together with their Cabinet (consisting of all the most senior ministers, most of whom are government department heads) are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to the Monarch, to Parliament, to their political party and ultimately to the electorate. The office of Prime Minister is one of the Great Offices of State. The Prime Minister is ex officio also Lord High Treasurer. The current holder of the office, John Timpson, leader of the Conservative Party, was appointed by the King on 7 October 2019.
The Prime Minister is the chair of the Cabinet (the Executive) and is the Head of His Royal Government. The Prime Minister also commands the political party in power, usually holding a majority in the House of Commons, Baustralia's lower house in the legislature. The Prime Minister acts as the voice for the government, and in some cases for His Majesty, both at home and out-of-country. Also as head of the executive, the Prime Minister can dismiss and appoint all cabinet members and organizes the policies and activities of his ministries in an effort to enact the legislative agenda of their party.
The position of Prime Minister was never formed officially, referenced only once in the current constitution when the Dukedom of Cascadia was formed making the first Prime Minister a duke. Therefore, the office of the Prime Minister is founded on custom solely. Similarly, the office of Prime Minister was never formed in the first constitution with the only reference being that the Prime Minister must say an oath of office.
The current state of the office of Prime Minister is considered by Baustralian historians as in its infancy where the office is uncodified and based on custom alone. No bill has ever been produced laying out the office of the Prime Minister. It was formed on request of the King on 2 July 2017 when the duties of Baustralia became too great for him alone with other responsibilities, electing to form a Parliament with ministers.
The office was referenced later in the Fixed Terms Election Act, changing the terms from a four-year term to a one-year term by convention. The Prime Minister's term is still at His Majesty's Pleasure. The Prime Minister can also not serve for more than four consecutive terms, however, as before it is by convention and not by law.
Deputy Prime Minister
The Deputy Prime Minister of Baustralia (informally abbreviated to DPM) is a senior member of the Cabinet of Baustralia. The current holder of the office, Harrison Pickles, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs was appointed by the Prime Minister on 7 October 2019. The DPM does not, unlike the Vice President of the United States or similar offices, assume the duties and responsibilities of the Prime Minister but rather deputizes at events or functions. The position may also be used to give seniority to a cabinet member.
Timeline of Prime Ministers of Baustralia
Below is a timeline of Prime Ministers of Baustralia, and their deputies.