I’m not convinced that this proposed voting change is a positive:
Against strong opposition from Coalition MPs, the Labor/Greens majority on the parliamentary electoral committee has proposed adopting the South Australian system, in which votes that mark only one preference are counted – and assumed to follow the candidate’s preferences.
Really? Doesn’t that just repeat the problem we already have with above the line votes in the Senate that trick voters into, for example, “electing” Steve Fielding. What about the option of preferencing above the line, as a balance between leaving all the control of your vote to a party’s preferencing committee, and having to number eighty boxes below the line. I’m pretty sure that is Greens’ policy, but it’s not in that report.
Of course, the main reform we need to our electoral system is the removal of single-member electorates that lock in the big parties and prevent real competition, and give us a profoundly undemocratic lower house. But obviously there isn’t a committee made up from the presently-designed parliament that’s going to advocate that.