Talk:Federal State of Austria

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Bundesversammlung[edit]

The Bundesversammlung was not a legislative body in the strict sense of that word; it didn't vote on any bills. More importantly, it wasn't even a parliamentary body in the broader sense in which e.g. the modern Federal Assembly is one; neither the cabinet nor the president were answerable to it. The current Federal Assembly can impeach presidents or try to have the electorate oust them via referendum; the Ständestaat Federal Assembly couldn't have done either. Its only roles were

  • vetting candidates for the office of president (an executive office),
  • swearing in the president,
  • deliberating declarations of war.

The Ständestaat legislature was technically as well as effectively unicameral, and the article should reflect that. Damvile (talk) 23:23, 29 November 2014 (UTC)