The Cabinet of Calaré is a major organ of the executive government responsible for making important decisions in the administration of the government. All senior ministers of the government are members of the Cabinet, with the current cabinet consisting of sixteen members, each occupying a portfolio of responsibilities. The Cabinet is appointed by the King, on the advice of the Prime Minister, and serves at his pleasure. Not all ministers are members of the Cabinet, with the junior Associate Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries reporting directly to a Minister of State.
The Cabinet form of government can be traced back to Britain, and was inherited by Calaré when it became independent in 2001. Like it's predecessors, the Cabinet meets privately once a week to discuss vital issues and formulate policy. Legally, the Cabinet has no constitutional power, with all authority vested in the Executive Council, which is chaired by the King, and meets solely to endorse and give legal force to decisions already made by the Cabinet.
Functions & PowersEdit
The Cabinet arguably has the most power of any body in Calaré's system of government. The Cabinet has almost complete control over the legislative agenda of the government, and makes the decisions about what matters will be debated on the government's time. However, because the government often lacks a majority of seats in the Seanad, a significant proportion of bills originate with individual Teachtaí Dála (Deputies) and Seanadóirí (Senators), giving Parliament far more power than might otherwise be seen in this system of government.
The Cabinet takes many of the most important debates on government policy take place. All Cabinet meetings are private and the minutes of these meetings are kept confidential for thirty years. Decisions made in cabinet must be unanimous, although dissent over a particular issue is common enough, and encourages better outcomes from the submissions put. Once a decision is made by the Cabinet, it's members must all publicly support it. Public dissent by a minister obliges him to resign or be dismissed by the Prime Minister.
For the list of members to the current cabinet, see the Rush Ministry .
The cabinet currently comprises twenty-three executive ministers, appointed by the King on the advise of the Prime Minister. Each minister is responsible for a ministerial portfolio consisting of several government departments, and must advise the Monarch and Prime Minister on any political matter relating to their ministry. Additional members may be appointed as "ministers without portfolio", which is a seldom used devise to appoint members to the cabinet that do not oversee a ministry. The current portfolios and their ministries are as follows:
- Prime Minister of Calaré-- Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Deputy Prime Minister
- Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
- Minister of State for Finance and Deregulation
- Minister of State for Parliamentary Services
- Minister of State for Veterans Affairs
- Minister of State for Tourism and Sport
- Minister of State for Resources, Energy and Trade
- Minister of State for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
- Minister of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
- Minister of State for Indigenous Affairs
- Minister of State for Immigration and Citizenship
- Minister of State for Human Services
- Minister of State for Home Affairs and Local Government
- Minister of State for heritage and the Arts
- Minister of State for Health, Ageing and Disabilty
- Minister of State for the Environment and Water
- Minister of State for Employment and Workplace Relations
- Minister of State for Education and Training
- Minister of State for Community Services and Housing
- Minister of State for Climate Change
- Minister of State for Broadband and Communication
- Attorney- General
- Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry