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Powers of the Governor

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In virtually all instances the wide powers of the Governor are exercised on the advice of the Western Australian Ministers, principally the Premier, who have the support of a majority of Members of Parliament in the Legislative Assembly. While the Governor has many important symbolic and community functions to perform, our system of representative government requires that the Governor generally exercise the constitutional duties of the office in conformity with the wishes of the elected government of the day.  By convention, however, the Governor retains the right to be consulted, “to encourage and to warn” the Premier and Government of the Day.