Multi-member constituencies

Auggie

Active member
Should we adopt multi-member constituencies instead of the current single-member electorates we have in Parliament?

A good model to follow is Ireland - their electorates consist of a minimum of 3 members and no more than 5 members, who are elected according to a system of proportional representation.

Some of the benefits of this are that it would increase the presence of minor parties in Parliament. Another benefit is that members within the same electorate and in competition with each other (although less so if they are of the same party).
 

Auggie

Active member
What about Tassie’s system?
Tassie's system is basically the opposite of Federal Parliament: the lower house is 5 electorates with 5 members each; whilst the upper House is single member electorates.

The only point of difference between my proposal compared to the Tassie system is that not every electorate has an equal number of members - some electorates have 3 members, other have 5 members, others may have 7 members (depending on population, of course).
 

Auggie

Active member
Wouldn't matter regardless, when people like Craig Kelly managed to stay in.
Well, irrespective of any one individual, a proportional system would increase the chance of independents and minor parties having representation in government, which most of us would agree is a good thing.
 

stunspore

New member
Well, imagine if every decision is made democratically - by having everyone voting at all decisions instead of having representatives.
Another way is to do it by groups rather than geographical. Like some role playing guild/faction based politics.
It would end up proportional to how big each group is to the whole. Not that I am advocating this, but this does occur in some places.
 
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Auggie

Active member
Lots of countries with PR take MONTHS to form a government.

Not sure I like it tbh.
Well, if that's your concern, would you adopt a voting system that automatically gives the ruling part at least 55% of the seats in order to always ensure a majority?
 

Auggie

Active member
Or my favourite is giving the President or Governor the power to appoint one-third of the seats in House of Representatives.
 
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