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OPINION: We need to learn about our politics

LAST week I was asked a question which I found incredibly shocking.

It was not so much the question itself, but the fact it came from a well-educated, intelligent friend in their mid-20s.

Talking about Saturday's referendum, my friend, who has lived in Queensland her entire life, asked how often it was between state elections.

She was under the assumption four-year terms already happened and was unsure of what triggered an election.

I was reminded of that conversation today when phrases like double dissolution, section five, parliamentary recall and ABCC were tossed around the newsroom with a sense of impassioned glee.

This trigger for an election is rare.

I was a toddler when the last double dissolution occurred in 1987.

In an era where we have seen prime ministers constantly knifed in the back, it's nice to feel like we might be getting one by trigging a rarely used part of our constitution.

But, for many these terms are meaningless.

Schools rarely place an emphasis on teaching students our political processes.

A misstep because for our democracy to work properly, every voter needs to know how our system works so they can make an informed decision at the ballot box.

That is why the Chronicle on page 12 has spoken to a political expert to give a refresher on all the terms you need to know when it comes to dissolving both houses of parliament.

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