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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - PETITION FOR A PLEBISCITE ON ELECTORAL REFORM
    Australia s 1901 Constitution Australia Reconstructed Bold steps to improve voter representation and the political landscape http www amazon com dp B00QI9A4NU Inexpensive Amazon eBook Beyond Federation Options to renew Australia s 1901 Constitution A new book has been published eBook and Paperback Application form for membership Application form Application form for Republic Now Association Inc Republic Debate Mark 2 Main Jamaica s new PM announces process towards Republic Monday Aug 20 2012 PETITION FOR A PLEBISCITE ON ELECTORAL REFORM Monday August 20 2012 at 10 35 AM We invite the Australian voters to support a call for a plebsicite on electoral reform The plebiscite is conducted via Change org An explanation accompanies the call on Change org The URL to access the facility is http www change org en AU petitions a new electoral system utm source guides utm medium email utm campaign day three email Klaas Woldring Post a Comment 3 References Share Article View Printer Friendly Version Email Article to Friend References 3 References allow you to track sources for this article as well as articles that were written in response to this article Response structured settlement broker at structured settlement broker on Sun March 9 2014 at 8 28 I want to start a blog online diary but not sure where to start Response classic camaro at classic camaro on Sun May 18 2014 at 8 05 get the greatest camaro copo anywhere Response primary games dune buggy at primary games dune buggy on Sun August 31 2014 at 22 35 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues PETITION FOR A PLEBISCITE ON ELECTORAL REFORM Reader Comments There are no comments for this journal entry To create a new comment use the form below Post a New Comment Enter your information below to add

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Jamaica's new PM announces process towards Republic
    1901 Constitution Top BLOG Republic related issues Republic Now What we stand for How about OUR Republic Recent Media Releases Republics and their Presidents ARTICLE Minimalism no longer an option eNewsletter Republic Now Links and Resources Section 128 Amendment Cartoons Republic only Local Government Role Proportional Representation A new Paradigm Options to renew Australia s 1901 Constitution Australia Reconstructed Bold steps to improve voter representation and the political landscape http www amazon com dp B00QI9A4NU Inexpensive Amazon eBook Beyond Federation Options to renew Australia s 1901 Constitution A new book has been published eBook and Paperback Application form for membership Application form Application form for Republic Now Association Inc PETITION FOR A PLEBISCITE ON ELECTORAL REFORM Main Tuesday Jan 24 2012 Jamaica s new PM announces process towards Republic Tuesday January 24 2012 at 9 49 AM The Republic of Jamaica is on the way No mention of the decision by the new Jamaican PM Mrs Portia Miller to move towards a Republic in the Australian media Jamaica has been a Commonwealth country with Dominion status for 50 years now and has given notice that they will move towards a Republic You can see it here http www youtube com watch v N489pQS8dMM Klaas Woldring Post a Comment Share Article View Printer Friendly Version Email Article to Friend Reader Comments There are no comments for this journal entry To create a new comment use the form below Post a New Comment Enter your information below to add a new comment My response is on my own website Author forget stored information Author Email optional Author URL optional Post Some HTML allowed a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite code em i strike strong Notify me of follow up comments via email Link an External Response Have a

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    at 7 04 PM Australians must now be wondering how could they end up with the Abbott Government The answer lies in the electoral system For many that may seem strange In this article I am questioning the socalled reform that has been proposed now for the Senate From this examination will follow a wider questioning of the electoral system and resulting political system The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters of the federal parliament has voted unanimously for reforms that will benefit the three parties represented on it Coalition the ALP and the Greens The reforms would make it virtually impossible for other minor parties to gain representation in the Senate It is already basically impossible for other minor parties to gain representation in the House of Representatives The need for reform is undoubtedly obvious and urgent but the causes are inadequately addressed here The causes for the excesses are the Hare Clark system of proportional representation requiring compulsory preferencing and the split between above the line and below the line voting introduced in 1984 Compulsory preferencing has been addressed now in the reform proposal by introducing optional preferential voting above the line and partial optional voting below the line six only That suits the three parties concerned and will end the horse trading and manipulation behind the scenes but it really does not go far enough as far as the wider electoral system is concerned It is nevertheless encouraging that finally questions are emerging about Australia s undemocratic electoral systems The Senate disaster has been coming since 1984 but has reached grotesque proportions with the compulsory preferencing consistently being avoided by over 90 voters voting above the line However major system problems exist in all lower houses perhaps except Tasmania E g in South Australia the Liberal Party regularly achieves majorities in votes but not in lower house seats The single member electoral district system means that in many electorates more than half the voters are not represented by their local MP Furthermore minor parties and Independent have virtually no chance of being elected in single member electoral districts The dominance of the major parties in the lower houses has also diminished the redeeming diversity of representation in the Senate The Senate electoral reform now proposed will actually further diminish that more democratic representation of the society In stark contrast to the system of preferential voting in single member districts voting in the Proportional Representation system Open Party List provides real meaningful choices Just one vote determines the preference of the voter for a particular party and the candidate on that party s list in a few cases like Germany and New Zealand two votes are cast to ensure geographic representation Yet that system will provide much greater diversity in the legislature than in the Australian preferential system because under P R the effective choice of voting for different parties is generally much greater than in Australia The only real choice in Australia in lower houses is between ALP and Coalition Really what sort of limited choice is that How can Australians allow themselves to be governed like that for nearly 100 years now since 1918 when opportunistic PM Billy Hughes introduced this system under the guise that it was an improvement on the British first past the post system The most undemocratic outcome of the 2013 federal election is that this country is now ruled by the hard right faction of the Coalition ideologically busily engaged in turning the clock back in many very critical public policy areas That faction does not reflect more than 35 of the voters Why then did the Coalition win the election Because the voters had to choose for either the one or the other major party and both had real problems They had to vote for the one package or the other for the one leader or the other But that choice is just far too limited The opinion polls tell us next to nothing about that kind reality Our major parties refuse to introduce real system reforms as they believe that the existing system benefits them grossly However that does not take away from the plain truth that the party list systems are inherently more democratic simple cost effective result in diverse representation and most importantly produce a non adversarial political culture In 2009 there was what was presented by the ALP as a major inquiry into electoral reform However in reality it was just concerned with correcting measures about funding disclosures introduced under the Howard Government Indeed the terms of reference clearly avoided system reform So where will the push for change come from One would have thought from the Greens but alas although some Greens are well aware of the need for change in this respect and it is in fact in their platform they just don t seem to be able to get going on this issue We can forget about the political science academics if they are familiar with other systems at all because very few of them are activists Most engage in studies and research that deal with issues within the existing system not with the problems of the systems themselves Perhaps some political journalists would have woken up to the gross inadequacies of Australia s electoral systems A few probably have but will they write about it Rarely but if per chance they are so inclined their editors may not be interested for whatever reason Or they don t understand themselves how it could and should be changed one of these issues that remain in the too hard basket Anthony Green who seems to have a monopoly on electoral commentary shies away from innovation as well Wake up Australia The adversarial two party system has become a major problem It has also been hi jacked by corrupt influences it pretends that there are only two sides of politics a view rarely questioned by the media or scholar But this situation has basically also stopped

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues -
    the Open Party List system NOT the Hare Clark system used here for the Senate the ACT and some upper state houses This involves a lot of preferencing and horse trading that the public rightly distrusts and again rightly finds cumbersome The adversarial party system is largely result of this electoral system It ensures that proposals for constitutional amendment need the support of both major parties to be carried Given the other difficulties this means that very very few proposals are carried As a result the inclination even amongst the politicians to present amendment initiatives hardly exists No proposals have been made since 1977 34 years ago Plainly a ridiculous situation given the archaic nature of the Constitution Unless the party system is changed through electoral system reform it is likely that the totally ineffectual piecemeal tinkering with the Constitution will continue Surely this is an appalling prospect This is what you MUST address surely 2 RESPONSES TO THE OPTIONS PROPOSED IN THE DISCUSSION PAPER There is mention of four ideas to be considered There is also the realisation expressed that local government is a state concern is not mentioned in the Constitution itself and is treated by the High Court naturally in that fashion This is another major reason that the replacement of federation favoured strongly by Republic Now must have priority There is an end to the capacity of a nation to circumvent the Federal Constitution and an end to High Court judges sensibly interpreting clauses written in the late 1890s and guess what the founding fathers might have meant Thus the boosting of local government is in itself a major reason why the Constitution has to be REWRITTEN There are of course NUMEROUS other reasons and I would imagine that the entire expert panel is in fact aware of this Yes Symbolic Recognition nobody could object to that and it may assist the High Court in a small way in borderline cases As to Financial Recognition in practice the most important aspect under the present circumstances for local government we would support expanding Section 96 as much as possible Option 2 listed there is the better one in our view weakening the power of states over local government As to Democratic Recognition Option 1 is favoured by Republic Now as it would enhance the democratic nature of local government and weaken state government further A case could be made to retain the state power to sack a council for corrupt government in the interim period before abolishing the states altogether The final aspect Recognition through Federation while almost a contradiction in terms naturally is to be supported under the current restrictive circumstances It was most deplorable that the Rudd Government opted for cooperative federalism instead of the replacement of federation This had failed in the past Amazingly the opportunity with seven ALP Governments in place was passed up It was not even of the agenda of the Australia 2020 Summit but the delegates brought it up themselves

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Proportional representation must be the way forward for Australian politics
    be a simple system to introduce requiring a change in the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 No constitutional amendment is required In Europe 21 of 28 countries use proportional representation including Austria Belgium Cyprus Denmark Finland Germany Greece Ireland Luxembourg Malta the Netherlands Norway Portugal Spain Sweden and Switzerland Where new constitutions were introduced in the past few decades proportional representation was mostly adopted and often enshrined in the constitutions themselves such as in Portugal 1974 South Africa 1996 almost all of Eastern Europe 1991 and New Zealand with more than 80 per cent of these systems being party list While the Australian Greens have proportional representation as a policy they have been quiet on calling for a review of our voting processes despite it being in their interest given the party is grossly under represented in lower houses A simple examination of the problems in our current system shows why we need that kind proportional representation There is a serious lack of diversity in the House of Representatives The 2009 Electoral Reform Inquiry s first Green paper explained correctly that diversity has increased greatly in Australian society since 1945 yet this is hardly reflected in the Parliament But the second Green Paper deliberately encouraged only piecemeal tinkering in the way of system reforms The single member district system has resulted in frequent boundary changes a costly and often controversial process pork barrelling little economic development or government assistance in safe seats Costly byelections are a by product of this system In proportional representation using the open party list system casual vacancies are filled by the next on the list at the previous election The highly undesirable system dominance of the two major parties would end replaced by a search for common ground The lack of democracy in representation would be remedied Currently with single member electoral districts candidates are often elected on the basis of only about 40 per cent of first preference votes The other 60 per cent are in fact not represented in their own electorate The two party system and compulsory voting forces the major parties to pitch their policies at the middle ground about 20 per cent plus of voters Not surprisingly 3 25 million Australians avoided to vote in the 2010 election Proportional representation or a variation of it would also improve the percentage of women in parliament as shown in the Scandanavian countries and also New Zealand Germany Iceland Argentina and South Africa The existing regime is also biased against migrant candidates and indigenous people There is now a high percentage of the population of non English speaking background of both first and second generation The introduction of proportional representation would change the political culture of this country for the better It is a fairer system more democratic simpler for the voters easier to count less expensive and it provides diversity flexibility and new ideas in our parliaments Klaas Woldring is a former associate professor of Southern Cross University and Convenor of Republic Now

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Record of Dutch general election July 2010
    difficulty distinguishing between the two systems That is partly because in the Australian Senate which IS elected on the basis of proportional representation Hare Clarke system the option under the line is a preferential system However most countries using proportional representation actually use the Open Party List System This means that a voter with one vote only can choose for any of the parties offering themselves usually several with just one vote which can also indicate which particular candidate on that party s list is preferred Now as to the difference between preferential voting in a LOWER HOUSE SEAT in Australia and the system in the Netherlands is that only one candidate can be elected in a single member district and in 95 plus of all cases that will be a candidate of a major party whether or not that preferential vote in optional In proportional representation you vote in MULTI MEMBER ELECTORATES and candidates are elected on the basis of a quota which essentially means the number of votes in that multi member electorate divided by the number of seats This is what creates real diversity not the ILLUSION OF DIVERSITY as in Australia and believed to be democracy It is not democracy What we have here is a two party tyranny Proportional representation in a nutshell means that parties will get seats in proportion of the percentage votes cast for them FAIR Absolutely And a great attraction for voters who are now turning away from voting in droves An unfair system we have now but the major parties basically refuse to reform the current system because they are the principal beneficiaries of it Seats in Lower House Senate and E U LH S E Freedom and Democracy VVD Rutte 31 14 3 Labour Party PvdA Cohen 30 14

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Time to breathe life into an archaic constitution 
    transitional process to dismantle the six states and strengthen local government and regional auxiliary structures Different models are available but require much more articulation by scholars and the media and of course political action by major parties Neither of them have a strategic plan of action or plan for a popular decision process by means of intermediate plebiscites and subsequent referendums After a strategic process of appropriate consultation the existing Constitution can be replaced with one new package even via the existing Section 128 Instead of continuing to waste time on adversarial point scoring over minor issues our representatives should embark on long overdue action Avoidance escapism and procrastination need to be replaced by political will and action Australians need a living document a Constitution that is meaningful to the citizens of today and owned by them Yes we can and yes we should and yes we must Klaas Woldring 3 Comments 26 References Share Article View Printer Friendly Version Email Article to Friend References 26 References allow you to track sources for this article as well as articles that were written in response to this article Response this content at this content on Sat November 9 2013 at 23 39 Awesome Web site Stick to the fantastic work thnx Response bikini hair removal products at bikini hair removal products on Wed May 14 2014 at 23 38 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Time to breathe life into an archaic constitution Response wrinkles on forehead at wrinkles on forehead on Sun June 1 2014 at 4 10 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Time to breathe life into an archaic constitution Response hair serum at hair serum on Sat June 7 2014 at 7 37 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Time to breathe life into an archaic constitution Response starting a jewelry business at starting a jewelry business on Thu July 17 2014 at 19 12 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Time to breathe life into an archaic constitution Response visit the up coming internet page at visit the up coming internet page on Sat August 2 2014 at 1 11 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Time to breathe life into an archaic constitution Response kumsn org at kumsn org on Wed September 17 2014 at 3 30 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Time to breathe life into an archaic constitution Response www todaysarticlewriter com at www todaysarticlewriter com on Thu September 18 2014 at 2 48 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Time to breathe life into an archaic constitution Response more helpful hints at more helpful hints on Fri September 19 2014 at 0 02 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Time to breathe life into an archaic constitution Response just click the next webpage at just click the next webpage on Fri September 19 2014 at 7 45

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Rewrite the Australian Constitution!
    a new Constitution If the mood for reform persists in the ALP Green agreement the leadership would do well to re read the 1977 Penguin paperback Change the Rule s in which the late Donald Horne made a strong plea for a new democratic Constitution and UNSW academic Elaine Thompson for a new electoral system However for 33 years nothing has changed Horne compared the constitutional situation here with that in Sweden The Swedes do have a new constitution 1974 whereas most Australians seem to imagine that it is beyond their power even to change their present constitution significantly let alone get a new one Horne saw the then already deplorable situation as having the potential for catastrophic consequences That these have not eventuated as yet may well be Australia s sheer luck and or be due to the capacity of politicians administrators and High Court judges to work ingeniously around a stagnant archaic and dysfunctional Constitution How much longer can Australia afford to push its luck we may well ask Apart from the problems with Section 128 a major barrier is that Australia has a dominant two party adversarial system The initiative for constitutional amendment lies solely with the major party politicians Moreover both parties have to agree on a aproposal a very rare occurrence as otherwise a referendum won t get up Therefore the preliminary remedy would seem to be the introduction of proportional representation so that we get a multi party system and a cooperative political culture followed by a new flexible constitutional package However this is not to say that the Greens and the Independents could not use their balance of power position in the current Parliament to push for a broad ranging Constitutional Review Such a Committee should comprise reformist individuals who have a good

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