Labor has announced it will oppose the government’s proposed changes to the way Australians elect their senators. Labor’s opposition is almost certainly moot, however, as the government has the support of the Greens and independent senator Nick Xenophon to pass… Read More »what changes to the Senate voting system are being proposed?
The government has announced changes to the Senate electoral system. The group voting ticket has been abandoned, and instead voters will need to number at least six groups above the line. However, there is a savings provision so that voters… Read More »Proposed Senate electoral reform is essential
Family First senator Bob Day is set to propose an amendment to the legislation changing the Senate voting system that would prevent the government using the new rules in a double dissolution. Under the amendment, the changes would not come… Read More »Crossbench move to push Senate changes beyond double-dissolution date
The Turnbull government has unveiled sweeping changes to how Australians vote for their senators ahead of this year’s federal election. If passed, the government’s proposal would allow voters to cast at least six preferences above the black line on their… Read More »Senate voting reform: keep it simple, or too many people’s votes won’t be counted
The government is set to secure reforms to the Senate voting system that will squeeze out “micro”-players. Immediately after the changes were announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Special Minister of State Mathias Cormann, the Greens welcomed the move… Read More »Government set to change Senate voting in bad news for ‘micros’
While the government boasts about engaging the community on the tax issue, it has avoided public debate as it seeks to muster the numbers for voting changes that would have sweeping implications for the Senate’s future composition. Yet it is… Read More »Changes to Senate voting may be needed but should not be rushed