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Discontinuing above-the-line voting and full preferential voting is the right response to
the manifest faults of Group Voting Tickets - imposing exclusionary thresholds is not.
||Interim Report of
the Federal Joint Standing Committee on Electoral
Matters fortunately recommends discontinuing mandatory full
preferential voting, and Group Voting Tickets,
and it does not support thresholds;
but unfortunately it proposes NSW-style optional
preferencing of above-the-line boxes.
|*||Group Voting Tickets
distort the Single
Transferable Vote form of proportional
representation, and should be discontinued, but not replaced with NSW-style above-the-line
box marking. Mandatory full preferential voting
discourages voters from explicitly marking individual
candidates' boxes, diverting them to GVTs.
are unfair, and inconsistent with direct election and the Single Transferable
Rotation should apply to the order of
candidates' names in columns, and of party positions.
Liberal Party State Council - risking an accusation of
self-interest - voted
2015 to support an exclusionary threshold of 5%
of first preference votes to be applied by a change to
the electoral law, to prevent the election of any
candidate in a group on a Group Voting Ticket whose
candidates collectively gained less than 5% of first
preference votes, even though that candidate had
gained a quota of votes.
|*||At Victoria's 2014
Upper House polls, 74% of the 19 MLCs (19 is
one short of half the House) elected with below
5% of first preference votes depended on a major party
ticket for election. The lowest-polling MLC, James
Purcell, of the other 26% of those - all from
small parties - gained 5,501 first preference votes,
which was 4.8 times the first preference vote
Drum, the highest-polling MLC of that 74%, each
of whom was elected with below 1,150 first preference
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