Proportional Representation Society of Australia 

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Regimenting Voters by Letting Parties Decide the

Order of Candidates’ Names on Ballot-papers




The Relatively Even Distribution of First Preference Votes at Tasmanian House of Assembly polls since Hare-Clark PR was first used for Tasmania-wide Assembly polls in 1909



The Grossly Uneven Distribution of First Preference Votes at Australian Senate polls since proportional representation was first used for nation-wide Senate polls, in 1949


How major parties’ obsession with regimentation often causes them to lose the last position to be filled



History of Senate ballot-paper design in Australia


The Hare-Clark system avoids regimenting voters.



Law creating Senate PR deliberately continued regimentation.



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