Preferential voting just all-round fairer system
IT SEEMS that many letter writers and texters/readers are not quite sure how the preferential voting system works or why we even have it.
In 1918 the Queensland Government brought in the preferential voting system to recognise the new Country Party that had broken away from Labor/ Liberal to look after regions.
Labor’s Wayne Goss realised this system was not working for his party so he decided that opinionated preferential voting would give him an edge.
However it took Peter Beattie to go to the election with the now famous slogan “Just vote 1”.
Because the National Party threw its lot in with the Liberals that option of just one vote did not look like it worked for Labor then, we now have this mix mash of changes to suit Labor.
In 2009 Labor got just 42 per cent of the primary vote but worse was 2015. Labor only got 37.5 per cent of the primary vote.
With the Greens/labor coalition you would think that the LNP would talk to the KAP, One Nation, Shooters Fishers and Farmers and our Clive, to try to get some sanity back into our voting system.
If you do away with preferential voting, any candidate can win with any per cent of the vote. Mainly because we seem to have upwards of four candidates in any one seat, we have to get a democratic result.
I do not want someone leading us that only got 20 per cent of the vote.
In short if we have only two people running in any seat, first past the post wins.
If you have more than three, you need preferential voting.
It is just not cricket if we have anything else. DEBRA GIBSON, Pinnacles.