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2018-08-26

 

2018 News
2018-08 RESPONSE TO PARTY LIST ADVOCACY: The reply of the PRSA National President, Dr Jeremy Lawrence, to a letter that advocated the use of party list PR in Australia - in place of its successful PR-STV systems - warns of the inferior representative nature of party list PR.

2018-08 MMP'S WEAKNESS SHOWN BY NEW ZEALAND'S 'WAKA-JUMPING' BILL:
New Zealand's Parliament seems likely to soon pass the above bill. Such a retrograde provision is not unexpected, given New Zealand's lack of a written Constitution where alterations must be approved by a referendum, and the unrepresentative nature of its Mixed Member Proportional electoral system. That system has party list MPs that are not, at all public elections - unlike Australia's members of Parliament - directly elected by the people.

2018-05 PROPOSALS FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA PR ADVISORY POLL:
BC's Attorney-General has issued a report on proposals for BC's 2018 advisory poll (officially called a referendum, as was the Australian Capital Territory's 1992 advisory poll) on replacing the unicameral parliament's present single-member plurality system with one of three mixed systems. The first is an idiosyncratic, indirect method, without any PR-STV. Next is an indirect method, MMP. The third would idiosyncratically use MMP in rural areas, and PR-STV elsewhere.

The first question for voters will be whether a 'proportional' system should replace the present system, even though voters will not yet know which 'proportional' system will be chosen in the second question. That second question will enable a transferable vote, with optional preference marking, so the 3 systems can be ranked. Unlike a referendum to approve a bill, final legislation to implement the result will only be drafted after the result is known.

2018-05 DEATH OF SIR JOHN CARRICK:
Sir John Carrick, a former NSW Liberal Party senator, who died on 18 May 2018 at the age of 99, was vindicated by the welcome discontinuance in 2016 of the Group Voting Ticket contrivance whose introduction he opposed in a speech to the Senate in 1983.

2018-05 MUSIDLAK SUGGESTED AS NAME FOR A.C.T. DIVISION:
An article in The Canberra Times of 10 May 2018 included a suggestion of the surname of the late Bogey Musidlak, PRSA National President 1994-2017, as a name for one of the federal electoral divisions in the Australian Capital Territory.

2018-03 SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S ELECTION FOR BOTH HOUSES:
See the ABC's reports of seats won. Compare operation of the Lower House single-member system with the PR-STV system used for the Upper House. See also PRSA(SA)'s letter in the Adelaide Advertiser.

2018-03 RESULTS OF THE HARE-CLARK ELECTION FOR TASMANIA'S HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY:
See how counting in the 33rd general election since 1909 using the Hare-Clark system for the whole of Tasmania resulted in a majority Liberal Government. The final result for all 5 divisions also showed that - for the first time ever - a majority of the MHAs were women, even though enough men stood for each of the parties elected, in each division, to have enabled the voters to elect a majority of men.

2018-03 BRITISH COLUMBIA TALKS BY A PRSA MEMBER AND A BC CITIZEN FORMERLY FROM HOLLAND:
See the video in which firstly Malcolm Baalman of the PRSA describes the benefits of Australia's use of the Hare-Clark form of PR-STV, which is based entirely on the direct election of individual candidates that are also identified on the Robson Rotation ballot paper by any party grouping they might choose to show.

Sjeng Derkx then describes the Netherlands' party list system, which he thinks suits it. For British Columbia though, he supported a Hare-Clark type system, which nearly reached the 60% support in BC's first referendum on replacing its plurality system, and he would choose PR-STV at BC's 2018 referendum.

2018-01 INVITATION TO COMMENT ON VICTORIA'S DRAFT LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL 2018:
PRSAV-T Inc's response to the Victorian Government's invitation for public comment on this draft bill appears here and at Submission 28. Its major point, which is its opposition to the proposal in Section 299 to alter the basis of Victoria's countback rules for filling casual vacancies, is noted, and agreed with, in the response by the Victorian Electoral Commission. Victoria's existing countback rules have the same sound rationale as those of Tasmania and the ACT, but the proposed change would remove that rationale.

PRSAV-T Inc's response is consistent with the Branch's submissions to the Andrews Labor Government in 
2016, and 2015, and the Napthine Liberal Government in 2014 and 2013, and with PRSAV-T Inc. Policy V-T_02 'Victoria's municipal councils'.

 

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