Choice to switch unfair to voters
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?