Re­form the sys­tem

Sunshine Coast Daily - - YOUR SAY -

BOTH the Coali­tion and La­bor par­ties should be on a unity ticket in reforming the dys­func­tion of the elec­tion process of our fed­eral se­nate.

When so-called “vote whis­per­ers” can ad­vise mi­nor par­ties how to have can­di­dates elected to par­lia­ment with a hand­ful of votes, it tells me the sys­tem has bro­ken down and needs re­form.

The Aus­tralian pub­lic are be­com­ing more and more up­set at the ex­cesses of our politi­cians.

Fraser An­ning is not the first and will not be the last politi­cian to abuse en­ti­tle­ments in at­tend­ing a far right meet­ing at tax­pay­ers’ ex­pense.

Both ma­jor par­ties are los­ing votes to mi­nor par­ties and in­de­pen­dents which makes good gov­er­nance of our na­tion con­sid­er­ably more dif­fi­cult.

The Coali­tion need poli­cies to win the hearts and minds of dis­grun­tled vot­ers. May I sug­gest they look at se­nate re­form, se­ri­ously re­duc­ing en­ti­tle­ments to mem­bers and giv­ing more teeth to the In­de­pen­dent Par­lia­men­tary Ex­pense Au­thor­ity. BILL GLASSON Bud­erim

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