Choice to switch un­fair to vot­ers

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

SEN­A­TOR Fraser An­ning’s de­ci­sion to leave One Na­tion is grossly un­fair to the vot­ers who put him there.

But, the thing is, An­ning is only the lat­est politi­cian to desert his or her party midterm and, sadly, will not be the last. The po­lit­i­cal land­scape is lit­tered with party turn­coats.

That is one of the dan­gers of any pop­ulist po­lit­i­cal party, they at­tract any Tom, Dick or Harry who has an axe to grind. When they are asked to toe the party line, they sim­ply do not have the dis­ci­pline.

A ref­er­en­dum should be held along with the next fed­eral elec­tion to amend the Constitution so that, sim­i­lar to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, a by-elec­tion must be called when a sen­a­tor re­signs mid-term. Peter Pak, Rochedale South WHEN will all, not just the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties un­der­stand the dis­gust of most Aus­tralians with the cir­cus go­ing on?

The laws should be changed so that, other than for ill health, if a per­son elected chooses to re­sign or changes their po­lit­i­cal al­le­giance dur­ing their elected term, then, with­out ex­cep­tion, they must leave, re­sign and be re­placed from the Par­lia­ment or the Se­nate or sit on the cross bench.

A by-elec­tion must then be called and they or their party must be li­able for any costs in­curred as a re­sult of their ac­tion, and not the tax­payer. Patrick Mackey, Aca­cia Ridge SEN­A­TOR Fraser An­ning, who is now sup­posed to rep­re­sent Queens­land vot­ers for the com­ing year and a half, re­ceived 19 in­di­vid­ual votes at the 2016 elec­tion (Edi­to­rial, Nov 14). Nine­teen votes would be enough maybe, maybe not, to get a per­son on to the com­mit­tee to or­gan­ise a chook raf­fle in some out­back coun­try pub. But for 19 votes to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of Aus­tralia, the whole po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is a joke. John McQueen, Red­bank JAKE PEDDIE 33, en­gi­neer, Tener­iffe I don’t have a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem with it, and I don’t think they have to be born here. RACHEL BROUGH 23, project man­ager, Carsel­dine If it’s based on your her­itage, why not. If we’re try­ing to foster a mul­ti­cul­tural na­tion why not start from the top?

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