Yale you provide an interesting template for reform of the senate but my one concern with any reform is that it does not take account for the population differences between the states, under the system you propose the size of the quota to be elected in Tasmania would get even smaller if they were electing 14 senators. That said I like your idea of raising the thresholds for funding and being eligible for the distribution of preferences.
THERE IS MUCH that is wrong with Australian politics, not least the way it is practised by some in the political community; but the Senate — rigged and booby-trapped by “reform” in 1984 — is arguably very near the root of the problem. Far from the “unrepresentative swill” decried by Paul Keating, the end effect of the 1984 reforms has seen the Senate become a house of ill repute that casts a pall across politics — and government — in Australia.
I must apologise to readers for the length of time it has taken for this article to materialise since I flagged it on Monday and I will admit — at the outset — that the bare bones of the idea presented here today were published in this column a little over a year ago, in a more cursory but wider-reaching article that looked at electoral reform in Australia.
This time, however, I…
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