A Common Heritage

The United States of America and Australia have been friends and allies for many years, and the bonds that have emerged from the common hardships of war and shared cultural history are really strong.
An interesting fact but perhaps not well known is that some features of the two government systems, which are surprisingly similar. I do not mean the democratic nature of our two systems, which are not the least true and something in which we can be proud of both peoples.
I have given the structure of our elected legislatures, and in particular the influence one (the United States) had on the other (Australia).
Both nations had their origins as British colonies, or more correctly, groups of British colonies. In any case, the groups of colonies gathered to form a new nation based on a federal union of these colonies in a group of states that formed an independent country. The United States formed towards the end of the eighteenth century after the American Revolution. Australia was formed at the end of the nineteenth century by a movement of the Pacific Federation. Until then, the British had learned that we are disturbing the settlers.
An important influence on the Australian thought during the federation discussions in the late nineteenth century was the apparent success of the American Federal Republic of Germany. Many Australians saw in time the American model as one to follow. A more conservative thought prevailed, and the final structure of our parliamentary system of government copied to a large extent, those of the British Parliament in Westminster. Australia, however, has a House of Representatives and a Senate like the Houses of its parliament. The Senate was originally planned as the US House of Representatives and has a fixed number of elected senators from each state. The Senate, elected as the House of Representatives of the United States, was modeled in the American example. The role of the Australian Senate as a House of representatives of the USA was so seriously taken that for the first meetings of the Australian Parliament, the Senators of western Australia ignored their party loyalty and sat as a group their State. Today, the loyalty of the party tends to prevail.
Some commentators in Australia have described the Australian system as a “Washminster” system, so the influences of the United States and the United Kingdom are clearly visible.