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2016-06-30

 

 

2016 News

2016-06 ABC RADIO NATIONAL INTERVIEW ON SENATE VOTING SYSTEM:
Hear the PRSA National Secretary explain on ABC Radio National the new Senate voting system.
2016-06 HOW THE SENATE COUNT WORKS: See article in The Conversation on how the Senate vote count works.

2016-06

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SENATE VOTE: Click here to read advice from the PRSA's A.C.T. Branch on voting with the new Senate voting system.

2016-06

PRSA VIDEO ON YOUTUBE: The PRSA's 3-minute video 'New Australian Senate Voting' explains the improved Senate voting system.

2016-05

CHALLENGE TO ELECTORAL ACT DISMISSED: The full High Court, in its judgement handed down on 13 May 2016, unanimously dismissed Senator Robert Day's bid to have recent changes to the Senate electoral system declared invalid. See the Chief Justice challenge Senator Day's counsel on his misplaced claim of 'disenfranchisement' very soon after the formal day's opening on 03 May 2016.

2016-05

SENATE 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.

2016-04 BACKWARD MOVE: Queensland's minority Labor Government has substituted full preferential voting for optional preferential voting in Queensland's unicameral Parliament, with no prior public consultation about this swift, opportunistic and unexplained reversion.

2016-04
PORK 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.
 

2016-03

SENATE ELECTORAL SYSTEM: Article on The Conversation by the PRSA National Secretary on improvements to the Senate electoral system now enacted.

2016-03 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S 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.


NZ USES PREFERENTIAL VOTING: New Zealand's 2015 plebiscite to choose which of 5 flag designs will be pitted against its present flag at a March 2016 poll has used the Single Transferable Vote to determine a single preferred choice, despite the use of plurality voting in NZ's MMP system. The preferred alternative design chosen in 2015 did NOT receive a plurality of the votes cast.

2016-02

SUBMISSIONS 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.

2016-02 Article on The Conversation website by the PRSA National Secretary on the changes to the Senate voting system being proposed
 
2016-02 COMMONWEALTH 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 Explanatory Memorandum.
 
2016-02
OPPOSITION TO SENATOR NICK XENOPHON'S BILL TO ALTER THE SENATE ELECTORAL SYSTEM:
See the responses by the PRSA and Malcolm Mackerras.
 
2016-01 CALL FOR HIGH COURT TO RECONSIDER THE 1984 McKENZIE CASE
Malcolm Mackerras has called for the court to reconsider Group Voting Ticket law.

 

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