Definitions for "Responsible Government"
The Westminster system of parliamentary democracy that the Australian colonies inherited from Britain. It is a system where the executive government, Cabinet, is accountable first to the parliament and ultimately to the people. The aim of this system of accountability is to make the government act in ways that are approved by the people.
government supported by a parliament answerable itself to the public, usually by election.
A democratic system of government by which Council officials, who control the government’s budget, are elected by the people, rather than appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor.