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2017-06-23

 

2017 News
  
2017-06 ANTONY GREEN AO: With this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List, the PRSA can congratulate Antony Green on having joined Australia's other leading psephologist, Malcolm Mackerras AO, in becoming an Officer of the Order of Australia. Each has made - in different ways - distinguished contributions to public awareness of electoral systems in Australia. Each has been the Guest Speaker at an annual general meeting of the PRSA's Victoria-Tasmania Branch, in 2011 and 2009 respectively.

2017-04 HIGH COURT RULING THAT ROBERT JOHN DAY AO WAS NOT ELECTED A SENATOR:
The ruling of the High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, was that the method of filling the Senate position for South Australia that Robert John Day AO was declared not to have been validly elected to is stated in the answer to Question (b).

That answer states that the vacancy should be filled by applying the provisions of s 273(27) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) by analogy by filling the vacancy by a special count of the ballot papers. That recount would be a total recount, not a Tasmanian-style countback.

2017-03 MOVES TO REFORM WA UPPER HOUSE ELECTORAL SYSTEM:
Moves by Labor and the Greens seem similar to 2016 Senate reforms supported by the PRSA. They do, in addition, include a correction of the Legislative Council's pronounced malapportionment of its electoral districts. The WA system would still retain its undesirable imposition like the Senate's above-the-line, party-empowering - as opposed to voter-empowering - contrivance, but WA's present Weighted Inclusive Gregory Transfer is much superior to the Senate's Unweighted version, as is WA's method of filling casual vacancies, although the Tasmanian and ACT countback system is better still.
 

 

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