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