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How people elect parliaments

Queensland headed for close, complex election result

Voters in the Australian state of Queensland will elect their state Legislative Assembly tomorrow. The poll is shaping up as a close contest between the two main parties, with the … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Queensland state election called early – for last time?

The Legislative Assembly of Queensland has been dissolved for an early election – possibly the last time a state premier can casually choose an election date in Australia. Once the … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dual foreign citizens ousted from Australian Parliament

Australian voters cannot elect candidates with inherited dual citizenship to their national Parliament, the nation’s High Court has ruled, despite nearly half of the nation’s people having – or being … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · 3 Comments

In memoriam: leading Australian electoral reformer passes away

One of the architects of the leading-edge electoral system used to elect the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, Canberra resident Boguslaw (Bogey) Musidlak, passed away last week. Musidlak, 63, was … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · 2 Comments

Australian seat redistribution shifts future parliamentary balance of power

A looming redistribution of parliamentary seats between the Australian states has demonstrated that small changes have large consequences, with the national Opposition Labor Party set to yield a net four-seat … Continue reading

August 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Australian electoral roll tops 16 million after marriage vote enrolment surge

The Australian electoral roll has surged to its highest and most complete level ever, in time for the planned national survey of views on marriage equality scheduled to commence in … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Publisher calls for weighted vote system for Australian Parliament

Voters should maintain a direct and dynamic online relationship with professional parliamentarians, who would exercise weighted voting power in parliament according to how many supporters they maintain, according to a … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Australian dual citizenship rules could distort composition of Parliament

Australia’s late 19th-century constitutional bar on duel citizenships, combined with more modern 20th and 21st century national approaches to the notion of citizenship, threatens to make the Australian Parliament increasingly … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dual citizenship crisis roils Australian Parliament

Australia’s constitutional rules relating to eligibility for parliamentary election are wreaking havoc across the current Parliament. Two senators have already resigned, and three more parliamentarians have been referred to the … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Australian eligibility laws claim another member of parliament

Australia’s constitutional limits on who can be a candidate for election have struck again, causing one of the more experienced of the Greens Senators to give up his seat in … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 2 Comments