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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Why don't we have electronic voting?
    days people have access to the Internet if it is not via their home computer or mobile or Library or Neighbourhood house or computers at a polling boot People can be anywhere and not necessary at their own location but can be anywhere in the world There can be mobile computer station for people in the outback For special circumstances their can be still a paper ballot used but the few of these one will be able to count these quickly Regards Astrid van den Akker Luttmer Portarlington Vic 3223 RESPONSE from AUSTRALIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION On Mon 23 8 10 info info aec gov au wrote From info info aec gov au Subject RE digital voting SEC UNCLASSIFIED To doritz2000 yahoo com au doritz2000 yahoo com au Received Monday 23 August 2010 4 13 PM Dear Astrid Thank you for your email At this stage the AEC is unable to provide an on line voting service A number of security technical financial access and equity issues have to be solved before it could become a fact of electoral life There is no appropriate software technology for use in a full preferential voting system Many voters especially the elderly and those with poor literacy and numeracy skills may have difficulty with using the Internet There is a risk of fraud and errors occurring in software without the safeguard of paper ballots to recount Start up costs would be significant The AEC would need to continue to provide traditional voting facilities for those with no Internet access The AEC is constantly monitoring the development of new technology that could make Internet voting a more feasible option The Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 would also need to be amended if online voting was to be introduced at federal elections The AEC arranges for cardboard voting equipment to be recycled after an election Also a large amount of the equipment is made out of recycled cardboard Regards Australian Electoral Commission Canberra WHY ARE WE STILL WAITING Sydney Morning Herald 24th August Extract from article by Mark Davis The AEC must count the remaining 2 million or so declaration votes sub heading The simple answer is because the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 requires every House of Representatives vote to be counted manually and allows voters who cannot make it to a polling place on election day to cast declaration votes around 2 million out of 13 million Declaration votes take longer to count They arrive in envelopes signed by the voter Each envelope s details must be checked and confirmed before the ballot can be counted Half of the declaration votes about one million are postal votes which may arrive in the mail 13 days after polling day Other such votes are absentee votes from voters who vote away from their electorate these are also sent in the mail to their home electorate a similar amount Finally there are provisional votes votes from people who claim they should be on the roll but who are not

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Voters' revolt needed now!
    this respect Election experts like Anthony Green clearly do not find it within their province of expertise to alert the population to the problems and provide remedies The precious right to vote has turned into a duty to vote for either one of two major parties whose leaders dish up a menu of platitudes promises and scaremongering Marginal seats get all the attention Australian voters are very badly served by their preferential system of voting introduced in 1918 combined with compulsory voting since 1924 The preferential system delivers the major party that is the least objectionable As Mungo MacCallum put it quite decisively The Winner is the one voters despise a little bit less SMH 20 07 10 Both preferential and compulsory voting grossly favour the major parties while creating a quite false image of diversity and democracy There are remedies though even without electoral reform which after all would have to come from either major party a quite unlikely development Voters should cease voting for the major party candidates Instead they should vote for candidates and parties that seek electoral reform Some minor parties e g the Greens and some Independents As to reforms proportional representation must be high on the list Almost all European nations use proportional representation and many others outside Europe as well like South Africa and New Zealand That means that parties gain seats in proportion to the votes cast for them It couldn t be fairer It couldn t be more representative And it would stop all the many disadvantages of the single member district system which creates marginal seats like pork barreling Furthermore how about the introduction of voluntary voting used in over 90 of democracies The right not to vote is now as precious as the right to vote The duty to vote merely serves the major parties in this country at the expense of all the rest Of course voters definitely do have the right to revolt against that They have the opportunity to break the vicious circle rather than again behaving like sheep led to the ballot box to re elect the two party tyranny Australia needs action along these lines They need a circuit breaker The voters themselves can be the circuit breaker It is not the economy stupid it s the electoral system that is the problem in Australia today Klaas Woldring Klaas Woldring Post a Comment 9 References Share Article View Printer Friendly Version Email Article to Friend References 9 References allow you to track sources for this article as well as articles that were written in response to this article Response ยาลดน ำหน ก at ยาลดน ำหน ก on Wed July 2 2014 at 20 09 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Voters revolt needed now Response Read Much more at Read Much more on Thu July 17 2014 at 22 58 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Voters revolt needed now Response ช ปไพ เท กซ ส at ช

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Open letter to P. M. Julia Gillard
    for a Republic would you be in favour of a Head of State a elected directly by the people OR b elected indirectly by the politicians Question 3 Regardless of your previous answers would you be in favour of a Head of State a with strong executive powers as for instance in the US OR b with symbolic powers and functions comparable to those of the Governor General We do not believe that a single proposal as contained in Question 1 earlier proposed by Senator Bob Brown in a Senate Bill and Inquiry provides much opportunity to gather additional relevant information Also it does not provide opportunities for learning education and the generation of media attention so that a much wider discussion can take place as it should Furthermore it does not allow voters to express a view on what kind of Head of State they would prefer One of the problems of the 1999 Referendum was as research in the PM s own Department as well as at ANU RSSS has shown that the public had far too little information In addition the Indirect Election model was resented by many Republicans Recent research shows clearly that the support for a popularly elected President is consistently over 80 This should be confirmed in a national poll such as a Plebiscite We believe that the use of Plebiscites very rarely deployed in Australia should be encouraged as part of the wider consultation process a style of Governance that very encouragingly you claim to favour Yours sincerely Dr Klaas Woldring Convenor Republic Now Klaas Woldring Post a Comment 13 References Share Article View Printer Friendly Version Email Article to Friend References 13 References allow you to track sources for this article as well as articles that were written in response to this article Response structured settlement buyer at structured settlement buyer on Sat March 8 2014 at 19 04 If you say admit to crimes real or not real on blog posts can you be reported to the police and be tried on what is written online What if the crime was just a lie and its a supposed crime you did in another country Response XOVILICHTER at XOVILICHTER on Sat June 28 2014 at 18 58 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Open letter to P M Julia Gillard Response online blogging at online blogging on Wed July 9 2014 at 4 36 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Open letter to P M Julia Gillard Response blogs online at blogs online on Wed July 9 2014 at 17 45 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Open letter to P M Julia Gillard Response groupwise inc at groupwise inc on Fri July 11 2014 at 3 22 Republic now information and discussion BLOG Republic related issues Open letter to P M Julia Gillard Response Steve Jacob at Steve Jacob on Fri July 11 2014 at 6 30 Republic now information and discussion

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Australian Constitution - A guide for 21st Century?
    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 Open letter to P M Julia Gillard Main Do Australian voters care what voting systems they have Saturday May 29 2010 Australian Constitution A guide for 21st Century Saturday May 29 2010 at 12 37 PM The ABC is running a competition to generate views on the Constitution How to enter the Constitution Challenge The Constitution is a living document but does it still define Australia and what it means to be Australian Tell us in 50 words or less whether you think our Constitution is still the nation s blueprint to guide us through the 21st century Make it quirky make it fun rhyme it rap it tell it straight Constitution Day Have Your Say The competition opens on Wednesday 12 May and closes at 5pm AEST on Monday 31 May Republic Now is telling it straight a no beating about the bush approach in 50 words No the Constitution is an archaic dysfunctional document Updating is no longer an option It needs to be rewritten Republic Now advocates a strategic plan to develop a new Constitution involving extensive participation by the people through plebiscites and referendums This can be examined on our website http www republicnow org 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

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Do Australian voters care what voting systems they have? 
    quoted a number of opinions Ann Twomey a conservative constitutional lawyer opined of all the things Australian whinge about the electoral system is the least whinge worthy Anthony Green well known election expert claimed people are generally happy with the system they have got One wonders if these professionals can provide any hard evidence for these views While opinion polls rarely if ever have asked the people what voting system they would prefer my view is that the people are now very dissatisfied with the two party system The adversarialism is experienced as increasingly counter productive and often childish Moreover voters do want meaningful choices The choice that they have now in reality is between tweedledee and tweedledum Compulsory voting has made this even more dictatorial Voters basically have to vote for either the one or the other major party The widespread disenchantment is indirectly reflected in the very low public esteem of politicians Opinion polls have certainly demonstrated that It is hard to believe that Twomey and Green apparently don t see a connection Green s argument that the more representative and active Senate in recent years elected on the basis of proportional representation since 1949 is adequate compensation for the disenchantment with the House of representatives is disingenuous to say the least Certainly the time has come to poll the voters specifically on this issue and ask the appropriate questions Obviously major parties will not commission such polls but the Internet does provide the opportunity now And this Blog provides an opportunity as well The Stevenson article appears to have been prompted by the recent conundrum in the UK which first generated an editorial on electoral reform SMH 13th May The editor recommended that the new British PM Cameron would do wise to opt for the preferential voting system used for the Australian House of Representatives instead of proportional representation My letter in reply SMH 14th May pointed out that this was very bad advice as the effect of the introduction of preferential voting in Australia in 1919 has been that minor parties and Independent candidates were virtually ruled out from representation in Parliament after that The apparent acceptance of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg to have a referendum on this issue could well result in the death warrant of his party if preferential voting was approved Furthermore the editor s suggestion that PR would lead to political instability has been disproven by the positive record of 21 out 28 European countries including Ireland that use P R The bias of the Australian political establishment is quite obvious However the national interest is not at all assisted by this conservatism Your comments are invited Klaas Woldring Convenor Republic Now 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 cheap louis vuitton at cheap louis vuitton on

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Two party system blocks ETS - why not accept the Greens' proposal?
    essential decisions It is plainly ridiculous that the ETS has been postponed A multi party Parliament would have passed this long ago Clearly there IS majority parliamentary support for the ETS but the rigidity of two party system has again produced a dumb outcome Given that the Electoral Reform inquiries last year have deliberately avoided discussion about a different electoral system Republic Now is now starting a campaign to get more Independents into the Australian Parliament Our Association is calling on intending Independent candidates and minor parties who favour governance reform to support an informal alliance to that end Possible reforms are contained in our limited platform for a Republic see Home Page The most important of these is support for proportional representation followed by the replacement of federation by a more effective and decentralised system However other options were and are available to the PM If he wanted to avoid a Double Dissolution why he could have very profitably accepted the Green s Plan B a compromise which is actually superior to the existing ETS Paddy Manning writing in the SMH of May 1 2 explains their apparently misunderstood position The Greens offered a market based climate policy with an interim carbon price starting at 23 a tonne of carbon dioxide Consistent with the Garnaut Report s original proposal their idea was is for a transition period that a fixed carbon price would increase at 4 plus the consumer price index each year until the target date Based on a 2020 target date that would reflect a significant contribution in terms of the Copenhagen target of keeping the global temperature increase down to 2 It would also show moral and green leadership in world affairs Meanwhile a CPRS agreement could be reached ending the interim period If not reached the carbon tax scheme would continue to operate Some observers believe that Rudd did not want the Greens to take the credit for negotiating such a compromise but given that he has claimed several times that this is the most important issue of our time so what It would still be his decision Now he has postponed the urgent issue for THREE YEARS is referred to as a coward and his credibility is in tatters Given that around 70 of the voters are in favour of the ETS it is incredible that Mr Rudd has taken this course of action apparently believing that the ETS would be a burden for the election Abandoning the climate change policy like this could well cost him the election One wonders who advises the PM on such important matters The SMH claims that it is the NSW Right of the ALP But it is also widely reported that many senior Ministers argued strongly against this decision and that it was Rudd who is responsible for it Investors in many industries are now forced to make costly changes and are disenchanted with the insecurity that has resulted A strong case can be made for Rudd

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - The Westminster system - reforms urgently required.
    and the Swiss example Saturday Apr 17 2010 The Westminster system reforms urgently required Saturday April 17 2010 at 2 37 PM NSW citizens traveling by car between Sydney and Newcastle and many destinations in between had very unpleasant delay last week when a major accident blocked traffic on the F3 highway for some 12 hours In spite of their being a temporary contra flow remedy available the RTA didn t apply this remedy for some obscure reason A report by the Head of the RTA to the Premier apparently did not provide a satisfactory explanation He was stood aside pending further investigations The opposition leader called for the sacking of the Transport Minister as the personal ultimately responsible He refused to go a position supported by the Premier Ms Kristina Keneally Should the transport minister be responsible for the RTA failure resulting in scandalous traffic delays Of course not This is an operational matter However according to Westminster practice he should But this practice is almost never followed in Australia and for very good practical reasons It rarely makes sense There are other features with the Westminster system that Australia could happily throw out of the window First of all Ministers have to be in and of the Parliament meaning elected Result Ministers are functional amateurs because they have to be selected from a very small group of elected politicians instead of from the entire society That is the way other non Westminster systems are organised in fact the overwhelming majority In Tasmania they hardly have enough politicians to fill the Ministerial positions Secondly the fusion between the political executive and the legislature This is an undesirable feature as it is detrimental to both The almost total domination of both the Government and the Opposition front bench over the

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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues - Tasmania and the Swiss example
    shaped completely by the dominant single member district system which has created the two party tyranny that this country is saddled with The answer here is not to do away with proportional representation but to introduce it nation wide as the overwhelming majority of industrialised nations have done most of them long ago and many new states in the last 20 years What is the Swiss situation Switzerland is a federation Its Government is called the Federal Council comprising seven Ministers only usually representing a Coalition of four parties Directly relevant constitution provisions are Art 174 Federal Council The Federal Council shall be the supreme governing and executive authority of the Confederation Art 175 Composition and election 1 The Federal Council shall have seven members 2 The members of the Federal Council shall be elected by the Federal Assembly following each general election to the National Council 3 They shall be elected for a term of office of four years from all the Swiss citizens who are eligible for election to the National Council 4 In electing the Federal Council care must be taken to ensure that the various geographical and language regions of the country are appropriately represented Art 176 Presidency 1 The President of the Confederation shall chair the Federal Council 2 The President and the Vice President of the Federal Council shall be elected by the Federal Assembly from the members of the Federal Council for a term of office of one year 3 Re election for the following year is not permitted The President may not be elected Vice President for the following year Art 177 Principle of collegiality and allocation to departments 1 The Federal Council shall reach its decisions as a collegial body 2 For the purposes of preparation and implementation the business of the Federal Council shall be allocated to its individual members according to department 3 Business may be delegated to and directly dealt with by departments or their subordinate administrative units in such cases the right to legal recourse shall be guaranteed It is obvious that the major parties in Australia don t want to know about proportional representration because it would deprive them of seats and total control over the nation if they win an election But isn t it time that this vicious circle is broken by Independents and minor parties who favour proportional representation and not necessarily the complex Hare Clark variety High time for electoral change in Australia Most Australians have had more than enough of major party government of the two party tyranny of the endless adversarialism by the two blocs as if there are only two sides to every political issue The spin and focus on issues that will win elections for either the one side or the other while there is in fact not much between these adversaries is finally beginning to annoy the voting public There are important national issues which often cannot be dealt with effectively as a result of the current

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