PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA
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Proportional Representation Society of Australia
mourns the death, on 14 December 2013, of Hon.
Neil Robson AM, an Honorary
Life Member of PRSA.
Neil - a former Tasmanian Government Minister and Bass MHA - championed Tasmania's superb Hare-Clark electoral system, and he energetically instigated its important Robson Rotation refinement.
City Council's first-ever casual vacancy is to be
filled next month by a countback
of the quota of votes that elected the
vacating councillor, Stephen Hartney, to Central
Ward. It could well elect Damon Carli, as
65.5% of Mr Hartney's quota was from first
preference votes. Mr Carli is the next unelected
candidate on the preference
order Stephen Hartney recommended to voters,
so he could be expected to fill the vacancy,
unless half a quota (77% [50.0/65.5]
of the voters that gave their first preference
to Stephen Hartney in 2012) did not follow
Mr Carli gained only 306 first preference votes in 2012 (the second-lowest of the 20 standing), as voters preferred Mr Hartney (and other candidates) to him. Mr Hartney has resigned, but his voters chose his successor in 2012, so counting of their ballots will decide the outcome. The first preference votes for Mr Carli in 2012 - or whomever is elected to fill the vacancy - were to elect councillors then, but what matters now is the eligible candidate next preferred by a majority of the quota of votes that elected Mr Hartney, so Mr Carli's first preferences are irrelevant to who the proper replacement for Cr Hartney ought to be.
of an incorporated association being formed by a
meeting of inaugural members shows how little emphasis
placed on even calling for nominations, so that an
election could be held. That failure is compounded by
Rule 50 of the Model
Rules now promoted by Consumer Affairs Victoria,
which specifies that committees of management are to
be formed by officers being elected to specified
single positions by plurality
counting, and remaining committee members by multiple
plurality counting. Unlike PR, that lets the
biggest group of members, even if that is well below
50%, be elected to all the positions.
(Page 98) submissions to Victoria's
Government Electoral Review Panel
Inc's Secretary has articles on How Voting for
the Senate Works and How
do we solve a problem like the Senate?
published on The Conversation website. The
first of those two articles was then republished
on the Lifehacker
NSW Branch Vice-President, Stephen Lesslie, speaks
on ABC radio on reforms needed for the
Senate electoral system after weaknesses shown at
the 2013 elections.
Branch Newsletter notes the record 110
candidates for NSW, which forces a considered
voter to consecutively mark 99 squares without a
mistake, and it supports the PRSA in a timely call
for abolition of Group
Voting Tickets for Senate polls.
by PRSAV-T Inc. officers, on The Conversation website, on Unelected Senators and MLCs appears on the day Victoria's
third unelected MLC is appointed by Victoria's Parliament, as
he is the only nominee
of the ALP National
to Inquiry by the Electoral Matters Committee of
the Parliament of Victoria