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2020 News
2020-03 VICTORIA'S LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 2020 PASSED:
Replacement of Victoria's Local Government Act 1989 - first proposed by the Napthine Government in 2013 - finally occurred when its Local Government Act 2020 received Royal assent on 24 March 2020.

The Minister had moved an amendment, which was unopposed (No. 10 on Page 712 of Hansard), to insert in Clause 13 a Sub-clause (4)(c), to retain the 1989 Act's option of uniform multi-member wards.


That successful amendment fortunately removed PRSAV-T's greatest concern about the original Bill, one of whose provisions would have omitted that existing provision, which has gradually become accepted as a major, and widely appreciated, aspect of Victoria's electoral arrangements.
The PRSAV-T's 2019 submission on the Bill also detailed other concerns.


The method of filling casual vacancies has regrettably been changed from the previous countback, used in Tasmania and the ACT, to a recount procedure, as used for Western Australia's Legislative Council.


2020-02 GUERNSEY TO USE MULTIPLE PLURALITY COUNTING TO ELECT ITS 38 LEGISLATORS:
As a result of a recent referendum, all 38 members of the legislature for the island of Guernsey will be elected from one island-wide electoral district every 4 years using the flawed multiple plurality counting, which might produce a debacle as severe as the election of the 6 senators for New South Wales In 1901.

 

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