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Age quotes Victorian Greens leader,
Greg Barber MLC, saying - very properly - in
response to some members of the major parties
speculating about imposing misguided exclusionary
thresholds from 3% to 5%, that any reform of
the voting system should first be considered by
Parliament's Electoral Matters Committee, and the
public hearings it holds.
|2014-12||Article on The
Conversation website by PRSAV-T Inc.
Secretary on how to make Australia's upper houses
SPARED: Hodgman Government rejects
Liberal State Council move
for replacing Hare-Clark
OPTIONAL PREFERENTIAL BID FAILED: Napthine
to the report of Victoria's Electoral Matters
Committee does not support optional preferential
voting at Lower House polls.
ELECTORAL REFORM: PRSAV-T Inc. response
Local Government Electoral Review Panel's 55
recommendations on the municipal electoral system
was supportive, except for its
opposition to Recommendation
54, which would replace countback with a
much inferior process.
of the appearance by the PRSA(SA)
President at the Joint Standing Committee on
Electoral Matters Inquiry into the Conduct of the
2013 election, and the Branch's Submission No. 145.
REPORT: The Interim
Report on the inquiry into the conduct of the
2013 Federal Election - by the Joint Standing
Committee on Electoral Matters - recommends partial optional
preferential Senate voting below-the-line,
and the abolition of Group
|2014-05||THE LATE NEIL
motion moved in Tasmania's House of Assembly
by the Premier, on the death of the Hon. Neil Robson
AM, who was the instigator of Robson Rotation
REVEW: See the submission
by the PRSA's
ACT Branch to the review of the Australian
Capital Territory's Electoral
to federal Joint Standing Committee on Electoral
PRSA National President, No. 142 (a comprehensive statement of the PRSA position); PRSA(NSW), No. 87; PRSA(Vic-Tas), No. 186; PRSA(SA), No. 145; and certain PRSA members; PRSA's related January 2014 submission below on Senator Xenophon's Bill; the transcript of the appearance by the PRSA National Secretary and the PRSA(Vic-Tas) President at the JSCEM's Inquiry into the Conduct of the 2013 election; and a 1-page handout the PRSA(Vic-Tas) tabled.
||WA SENATE POLL:
Australian Electoral Commission media
statement on WA Senate poll admits GVT
booklets are lengthy, and voters without internet
are discriminated against, by saying,
"GVTs are also available in every polling place on request. Voters with internet access may find it more convenient to review party/group voting tickets at home rather than examine the lengthy GVT booklet at the polling place.
||Members and interested persons are
invited to a free talk by Malcolm
Mackerras AO on "Changes Needed to the
Senate Electoral System" to be followed by
discussion with those present. It will be at 8 pm on
Tuesday 1 April 2014 in central Melbourne.
For further details ring 0429176725 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and book by email.
|2014-01||DEATH OF DAVID HIGBED: David Higbed, Treasurer of the PRSA's South Australian Branch, who had been the second National Vice-President of the PRSA, died on 21 January 2014, at the age of 96. Deane Crabb, the PRSA(SA) Secretary, and a later PRSA National Vice-President, spoke at his funeral, which was also attended by other PRSA(SA) colleagues of David.|
to fill the Bayside City Council seat vacated by
Cr Stephen Hartney led to Bruce Lowe being
elected to that Central Ward seat, despite PRSA's earlier
expectation that Damon Carli would be
elected, as Stephen Hartney had, at the 2012
general election, recommended that his voters
should give their second preference to Mr Carli.
As the Returning Officer's Distribution
Report shows however, enough ballot
papers in the quota of votes that had Stephen
Hartney elected were marked by the voters with
Bruce Lowe ahead of Damon Carli, so Mr Lowe
received an absolute majority of Stephen
Hartney's quota, and was therefore elected
rather than Mr Carli. That report showed Mr
Carli as the likely winner until the
distribution of the ballots cast for Ms Michaela
Newell, the Greens candidate, at the end of the
count. Ms Newell's recommended
voting order was for Mr Carli ahead of Mr
Lowe - as Mr Harney's had also been - but so
many of Newell's voters and Lowe's voters
decided to reverse that order that the necessary
absolute majority of next available preferences
was won by Mr Lowe.
XENOPHON'S BILL: The PRSA made Submission
No. 4 to the Inquiry by the Federal
Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on
Electoral Matters on Senator Xenophon's Commonwealth
Electoral Amendment (Above the Line Voting)