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2016-10-19

 

 
Proposals
for change to our electoral system:
 
Background Paper by NSW Senator Arthur Gietzelt
  
ALP Spokesperson on Administrative Services and Home Affairs July 1981

Page
      Contents
01 Electoral Reform                                                                                                                                          
04
The current system
10
Votes into seats
22
Preferential voting and informality
26
Associated reforms
30
Representative democracy - how to achieve it
35
Overseas and Australian experience with PR
47
Model systems
59
Recommendations
64
Implementation
67
Appendix A
84
Appendix B
93
Bibliography


In the early 1980s, the then Federal Opposition Leader, Hon. Bill Hayden, appeared on Australian television stating that he believed there was value in considering the use of a proportional representation system for electing MHRs.

The above 1981 Background Paper by Senator Arthur Gietzelt mentions on its Page 66 support by the Proportional Representation Society of Australia for entrenchment of proportional representation for the election of members of the House of Representatives against opportunistic tampering or repeal, but there is no mention in the paper of the importance and significance of the existing entrenchment in Section 24 of the Australian Constitution of the requirement that MHRs be 'directly elected by the people', which fortunately excludes party list PR.

Publications by three former PRSA Officers; Dr Kenneth Grigg, Mr Edwin Haber and Mr Jack Wright; are included in the bibliography above.