Di­vi­sional vot­ing sys­tem is best

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

IN A state elec­tion, what if the elec­tors had to vote with no di­vi­sional elec­torates, just pe­ruse a huge bal­lot pa­per with 500 or 600 names, and choose say 140 can­di­dates to the QLD par­lia­ment? And let’s as­sume 100 of those were from the south east of the state, a hor­ri­ble sce­nario. Now I know this is a lu­di­crous sug­ges­tion, but di­vi­sions in a large coun­cil area like Bund­aberg was to en­sure all of the re­gion had a rep­re­sen­ta­tive, no dif­fer­ent to the state elec­torates. It’s not quite the same I hear you say, and if folks don’t want the di­vi­sional sys­tem – fine, but don’t then com­plain if you feel be­ing some­what forgotten if you don’t have a di­vi­sional rep to whinge to. But I will say the last elec­tion was a sham­bles, as some coun­cil­lors were elected un­op­posed as vot­ers were in the dark about the di­vi­sional sys­tem. Fore warned is fore­armed, if we stay with the di­vi­sional sys­tem, elec­tors should have clear and un­am­bigu­ous in­for­ma­tion about who can stand for elec­tion. Bill Lassig Bund­aberg

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