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Federal Executive Council
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Coat of arms of Cygnia
Council overview
Formed 1949
Preceding agency Council of the Federation
Headquarters Federation Hall, Northam, TS
Agency executive Catherine King, Vice President

The Federal Executive Council is a body established by Article Two, Section Two of the Cygnian Constitution to advise the President, and comprises, at least notionally, all current and former Federal Ministers and Assistant Ministers. As the president is constitutionally bound to follow the advice of the Executive Council on almost all occasions, the Executive Council has de jure executive power. This power is used to legally enact the decisions of the Cabinet (the de facto body of executive power), which under the conventions of the Westminster system has no de jure authority. In practice, the Federal Executive Council meets solely to endorse and give legal force to decisions already made by the Cabinet.

Composition

The Cygnian Federal Executive Council consists of all current and former Federal Ministers and Assistant Ministers. Members of the Executive Council are referred to as Executive Councillors and are entitled to the style "The Honourable". Article Two, Section Two, Clause 3, Paragraph 2 stipulates that when a Minister is appointed, that Minister shall also become a member of the Executive Council. There is no provision for such membership to come to an end, but only those Ministers in the current ministry who are invited to take part in meetings are in practice actually involved in Council activities. For most purposes, the Executive Council is thus synonymous with the Cabinet.

The only time when former Ministers become actively involved is following the resignation, death or removal from office of the President, when a Presidium is elected by Congress from the membership of the Council. As the Constitution stipulates that sitting members of Congress may not serve on the Presidium, only former Ministers who have retired from Congress are eligible to serve.

The President presides over meetings of the Executive Council, but is not a member. When the President makes a proclamation, signs a bill into law, or makes some other decision on the advice of the Council, they are legally referred to as the President in Council. A Member of the Cabinet is appointed to hold the position of Vice President of the Federal Executive Council to act as presiding officer of the Executive Council in the absence of the President, at no additional salary or allowance. The President also has the power to dismiss any member of the Executive Council, but that power is rarely exercised in practice. It might be exercised if, hypothetically, a minister or former minister were convicted of a serious criminal offence.

Current membership

List under construction

Portrait Name Date appointed Party Ministry
Current Ministry
Julia Gillard 2015.jpg Julia Gillard 3 January 2009 Labour Rudd
Gillard I
Gillard II
Tanya-plibersek2015.jpg Tanya Plibersek 3 January 2009 Labour Rudd
Gillard I
Gillard II
Senator Penny Wong 2015.jpg Penny Wong 3 January 2009 Labour Rudd
Gillard I
Gillard II
Don Farrell 3 January 2017 Labour Gillard II
Chris Bowen 3 January 2009 Labour Rudd
Gillard I
Gillard II
Richard Marles 2012.jpg Richard Marles 3 January 2017 Labour Gillard II
Mark Dreyfus 3 January 2017 Labour Gillard II
Tony Burke 3 January 2009 Labour Rudd
Gillard I
Gillard II
Mark Butler MC 12 September 2010 Labour Rudd
Gillard I
Gillard II
Linda Burney 3 January 2017 Labour Gillard II
Amanda Rishworth 3 January 2017 Labour Gillard II
Anthony Albanese 3 January 2009 Labour Rudd
Gillard I
Gillard II
Jim Chalmers 3 January 2017 Labour Gillard II
Brendan O'Connor 3 January 2009 Labour Rudd
Gillard I
Gillard II
Kim Carr 30 July 2012 Labour Gillard I
Gillard II
Michelle Rowland 3 January 2017 Labour Gillard II
Joel Fitzgibbon 3 January 2009 Labour Rudd
Gillard I
Gillard II
Catherine King 30 July 2012 Labour Gillard I
Gillard II
Doug Cameron 3 January 2017 Labour Gillard II
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