2017-06-29 12:51:08 UTC
In the Westminster Parliamentary tradition, the Crown forms a government after a new election based on the premise that the government (read: the Prime Minister) has the support of a majority in the people’s house.
It is only once that premise is established, by the House supporting the Throne Speech or first supply bill, that the Westminster Constitutional Convention of Advice kicks in. “Advice” means that the Crown should feel obliged to act as the government directs it to act.
Once the power to Advise is bestowed by convention, then even if the Government loses its majority support in the People’s House, the power is maintained provisionally, to advise a new election or advise that the Crown ask someone else to form a government.
But if a new Parliament convenes and never even gives its first mandate to anyone, then the government has not acted in any other capacity since the previous election to justify asking for another election. The power to Advise the Crown has not been earned by anyone, even for a moment.
It is up to the Crown to give someone else a chance before considering another election. And in order to preserve the democratic conventions of the Westminster system, and avoid an Australia-1975 debacle, the responsible and moral decision of the Government is to advise the Crown to look elsewhere before calling another election.