Opposition and Government
The opposition refers to the alternative party or coalition that isn’t the government. Although not in government, the opposition g has immense responsibilities, mostly including examining and investigating the actions of the government. This ensures the government is put in check, as the opposition is always out to get the government. With such a framework. The government is pushed to work hard and deliver excellence during the period it spends in the office. This is crucial to good governance and also ensures that the opposition indirectly forms a part of good governance and can contribute to the government.
The opposition is the party that did not get the support of the house members, and therefore, not in government. The reason the opposition is referred to as the alternative government is that all that is separating it from the actual government is the support. That is, the opposition could get into government if it receives the needed support of the house. This makes for the name “alternative government” to show that the opposition could have been the government as well.
Even though the opposition is primarily constituted in the House of Representative, that is not all there is to its constitution. It also has members in the Senate. The opposition may also hold the majority seats or not. This depends on the election and how it goes. In a situation where the opposition holds the highest number of seats, governance can be made difficult for the government.
Responsibilities of Opposition
The opposition has several responsibilities through which it contributes to good governance and ensuring that the interests of the people are well-represented.
The opposition closely examines the actions of the government and subjects the actions to scrutiny. The aim of this is to allow the opposition to examine the government’s actions and raise valid questions on the decisions of the government. This ensures that the government makes valid decisions which they can defend. This culture seeks to foster a culture of accountability and transparency.
The opposition also debates bills on the floor of the house. This helps to test the validity of the bill and its use. It also subjects bills to appropriate scrutiny that ensure that bills are adequate. The opposition also works closely on committees that investigate bills. This is to further ensure that all necessary factors are considered before a bill is passed. This is a long process where bills are severally debated and lobbied. There are often several interests at play during this stage. The opposition also debates on national issues to offer insights into strategies that can be used.
Usually, the opposition is fond of providing other options to government’s policies to show that there are viable alternatives that can be considered which are smarter than the policies of the government.