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2014-12 THRESHOLDS: The 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 truly democratic


HARE-CLARK SPARED: Hodgman Government rejects Liberal State Council move for replacing Hare-Clark

2014-09 LOWER HOUSE OPTIONAL PREFERENTIAL BID FAILED: Napthine Government's response to the report of Victoria's Electoral Matters Committee does not support optional preferential voting at Lower House polls.


MUNICIPAL ELECTORAL REFORM: PRSAV-T Inc. response to Victoria's 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.

2014-06 See transcript 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.

2014-05 JSCEM INTERIM 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 Voting Tickets.

2014-05 THE LATE NEIL ROBSON: Condolence 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

2014-05 A.C.T. ELECTORAL REVEW: See the submission by the PRSA's ACT Branch to the review of the Australian Capital Territory's Electoral Act 1992.

SUBMISSIONS TO JSCEM: Submissions to federal Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters by:
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 vtpre@prsa.org.au 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.
2014-01 The countback 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.
SENATOR 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) Bill 2013.


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