Toward a new Electoral System

Currently I live in three different government areas.  One for each tier of government.  Each with different boundaries.  This makes for blurry lines between whom is responsible for what.  And why?  It is totally illogical.  Why would each member of parliament have such markedly different areas to administer?  Sure, there are fewer federal parliamentarians than state, so naturally their boundaries cover more people.  But casting all that aside, how could we create better accountability for parliamentarians by making it clear to all whom is responsible for what?

Map Of Confusion

I term this the “Map of Confusion” or “So, Who is Responsible?”. Good luck remembering too, they change all the time.

As part of the ongoing work of the site, we strive to change Australia into a true democracy – and a key part of this is changing the way we perceive and organize power structures.  What we propose is something that changes government from top to bottom, creating proportionality and accountability, with clear lines of responsibility and demarcation between areas of government.

Imagine this crazy idea.  You live in a council area.  It comprises roughly 150,000 people.  Your neighboring council also comprises 150,000 people.  As do all of them.

You have a local member of parliament.  Their seat has the same boundaries as the council.

You have a national member of parliament too.  How does this work?  This is known as the party list vote, because you pick your party.  The party then gets a greater number of national seats if they have a disperse vote to counteract high concentrations of one voter. It also has the handy ability to counter any possibility of gerrymandering.  And your vote isn’t wasted if you live in a safe seat.

An alternate system of government. One where  you have one government area.

An alternate system of government. One where you have one government area.

 

At the end of the day, this means that if 10% of people vote for XYZ party, then XYZ party will obtain 10% of seats in either local or national level. Simples.