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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2011/3/31/record-of-dutch-general-election-july-2010.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    The people s representatives should live up to that need when required That is their role and long overdue task There are plenty of understandable reasons however why politicians shy away from major and even minor constitutional change One is of course that the record is dismal just eight of 44 proposals passed and let s not mention all the proposals over the years that failed to get bi partisan support Governments want to avoid another failure but surely this procrastination is not getting the nation anywhere Another impediment to change is that the people themselves have no power to initiate amendments and the process of successful amendment is therefore dependent on agreement between the major parties which is rare in the Westminster adversarial context In reality the Constitution is frozen in time and is only amended very occasionally often of necessity by at times dubious interpretations of High Court judges They have to decide creatively what the founding fathers may have meant with certain clauses meaningful around 1900 but not now Very few commentators seem to realise that the two party tyranny which voters are beginning to reject at last is itself a major factor that has prevented the updating of the Constitution since 1910 This situation was cemented with the Commonwealth electoral acts of 1918 preferential voting and 1924 compulsory voting After that minor parties and independents rarely achieved representation in the House of Representatives The amendment clause Section 128 not only reserves the initiation power to politicians but also immeasurably strengthens the federal compact as for amendments to pass it requires majorities in a majority of states in addition to a national majority Many proposals failed on this requirement Attempts to change this for example by the Whitlam government from at least four our of six to

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/11/19/time-to-breathe-life-into-an-archaic-constitution.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    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 understanding of constitutions and political systems elsewhere in the world well beyond the English speaking countries and certainly not limited to constitutional lawyers Such

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/9/17/rewrite-the-australian-constitution.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/8/24/why-dont-we-have-electronic-voting.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - Author Profile
    approach 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 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 Go Back Author Profile for Klaas Woldring Registered This author is a registered website member meaning that he or she has identified themselves with their account prior to editing We cannot go forward to a Republic if the

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/member/republicnow (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    of debate about electoral system reform and the resulting lack of knowledge amongst the general population The media perhaps especially the ABC has something to answer for in 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

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/7/26/voters-revolt-needed-now.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    Government and its subsequent postponement to a second parliamentary term can be effectively addressed in this way The proposal in our view should be worded as follows Question 1 Do you support Australia becoming a Republic a Yes b No Question 2 Regardless of your answer to Question 1 if a majority of Australians voted 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

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/7/12/open-letter-to-p-m-julia-gillard.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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  • Republic-now: information and discussion - BLOG: Republic & related issues
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.republicnow.org/blog-republic-and-other/2010/5/29/australian-constitution-a-guide-for-21st-century.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-27)
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