Questioning our voting system
Finally, after a week and a half, the seat of Shepparton was declared in favour of our highly-respected sitting member Suzanna Sheed.
Surely this must again raise the question of our voting system.
Most other democracies with populations much greater than ours use the ‘first-past-the-post’ and have a result the same day and govern for a fixed term.
I am aware there are many arguments for every system of voting, all can be shown to have flaws, but first-past-thepost has worked very well for many years.
Our preference system allows single identities or small parties to get elected with a minimum of votes for them.
First-past-the-post will of course eliminate these people and parties, but basically all they do is clog up the counting system.
I would prefer this for all levels of voting. Why do we cling to this archaic system?
I cannot fathom it at all.