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2016-04-27

 

 

2016 News

2016-04 BACKWARD MOVE: The 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 against a Government candidate of pork barrelling - said to be a particularly blatant example - have emerged in the 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 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.

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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