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TO ELECTORAL ACT DISMISSED: The full High Court, in
handed down on 13 May 2016, unanimously
dismissed Senator Robert Day's bid
to have recent changes to the Senate electoral
system declared invalid.
DISSOLUTION PROCLAIMED: The Governor-General's proclamation
of his dissolution of both houses of the
Commonwealth Parliament, dated 08 May 2016, will
result in a Senate election on 02 July 2016 at
which, for the first time since 1934,
voters can, under new
provisions, cast a formal ballot without
having to indicate preferences for more than 12
candidates, although the more preferences that
are indicated the more likely it is that the
ballot will not become exhausted.
MOVE: Queensland's minority Labor
Government has substituted full preferential
optional preferential voting in Queensland's
unicameral Parliament, with no prior
public consultation about this swift,
opportunistic and unexplained reversion.
BARRELLING: Accusations of pork barrelling - said to be a
particularly blatant example - have emerged against
one of the two Government candidates
in the forthcoming 2016 electoral contest for
Victoria's federal division of Indi.
||SENATE ELECTORAL SYSTEM:
Article on The
by the PRSA National Secretary on improvements to
the Senate electoral system now enacted.
SECOND READING SENATE SPEECH:
Senator Brandis detailed in this speech (See Para. 4 of Section 1 - Senate Voting) the Government's intention to move in the Senate an amendment to its Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 to provide for partial optional preferential voting below-the-line at Senate elections.
USES PREFERENTIAL VOTING: New
Zealand's plebiscite to choose which of 5 flag
designs will be pitted against its present flag at a
March 2016 referendum has used the single
transferable vote, despite the use of plurality
voting in NZ's MMP system. The design chosen did NOT
receive a plurality of
the votes cast.
TO JSCEM: See the PRSA
submission, and those by its
New South Wales, Victoria-Tasmania, and South Australia Branches on the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016.
by the PRSA National Secretary on the changes to the
Senate voting system being proposed
ELECTORAL AMENDMENT BILL 2016: The Bill,
with amendments, has been referred to the Joint
Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for
report by 02 March 2016, and the PRSA has been invited
to lodge a submission. See also the revised
TO SENATOR NICK XENOPHON'S BILL TO ALTER THE SENATE
See the responses by the PRSA and Malcolm Mackerras.
FOR HIGH COURT TO RECONSIDER THE 1984 McKENZIE CASE
Malcolm Mackerras has called for the court to reconsider Group Voting Ticket law.