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Discontinuing above-the-line voting and full preferential voting is the right response to
the manifest faults of Group Voting Tickets - imposing exclusionary thresholds is not.
Interim Report of the Federal Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters fortunately recommends discontinuing mandatory full preferential voting, and Group Voting Tickets, and it does not support thresholds; but unfortunately it proposes NSW-style optional preferencing of above-the-line boxes.

* Group Voting Tickets distort the Single Transferable Vote form of proportional representation, and should be discontinued, but not replaced with NSW-style above-the-line box marking. Mandatory full preferential voting discourages voters from explicitly marking individual candidates' boxes, diverting them to GVTs.

* Exclusionary thresholds are unfair, and inconsistent with direct election and the Single Transferable Vote.

* Robson Rotation should apply to the order of candidates' names in columns, and of party positions.

* Victoria's Liberal Party State Council - risking an accusation of self-interest - voted in 2015 to support an exclusionary threshold of 5% of first preference votes to be applied by a change to the electoral law, to prevent the election of any candidate in a group on a Group Voting Ticket whose candidates collectively gained less than 5% of first preference votes, even though that candidate had gained a quota of votes.

* At Victoria's 2014 Upper House polls, 74% of the 19 MLCs (19 is one short of half the House) elected with below 5% of first preference votes depended on a major party ticket for election. The lowest-polling MLC, James Purcell, of the other 26% of those - all from small parties - gained 5,501 first preference votes, which was 4.8 times the first preference vote of Damian Drum, the highest-polling MLC of that 74%, each of whom was elected with below 1,150 first preference votes.

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