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  Australian electoral system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The preferential system was introduced in 1918, in response to the rise of the Country Party, a party representing small farmers.
Electorates with a land area of more than 100,000km² (40,000 mi²) are permitted to have a variation of 20%, in recognition of the difficulty of representing the sparsely populated north and east of the state.
Australian politics are influenced by social and economic demographics, though the correlation between "class" and voting is not always simple [10].
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Australian_electoral_system   (4457 words)

 Research Report 3 - Analysis of Declaration Voting
A feature of the Australian electoral system is that the election outcome is generally known on the night of the polling day.
Under current regulations electors who apply for a pre-poll or postal vote are required to sign a declaration to the effect that they are entitled to apply for a pre-poll or postal vote.
Electors are asked to check the ‘qualifications for an applicant’ displayed on the form or in the pre-poll centre before they sign the declaration.
www.aec.gov.au /_content/How/research/papers/paper3/page4.htm   (894 words)

 Electoral System and Ballot Type Implications for the Count   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Electoral districts are the territorial units for which representatives are elected and where votes are added before the electoral formula is to be applied to determine who is elected.
Australian ballots are clearly advisable, especially if the number of members to be elected is high: (see "group 2" in the appendix.) Finally, some electoral formulas are only compatible with Australian ballots, and cannot be operated with the ballot and envelope system.
Another influence of the electoral formula is the determination of which territorial level (the voting station, the electoral district, or the nation as a whole) votes must be counted and aggregated.
www.aceproject.org /main/english/vc/vca.htm   (1402 words)

 Should the Australian Electoral System be Changed? (Current Issues Brief 10 1998-99)
National electoral systems are often the subject of debate and controversy-as has been the case in New Zealand and the UK throughout the 1990s.
The second consequence of the operation of the Australian electoral system is that it also allocates seats in an upper house, a body that is usually seen as having some functions that are different from that which is sometimes called the 'house of government'.
It might be supposed that an electoral system should allocate half of the parliamentary seats to the party that wins half of the vote-or as political scientists would put it, there should be a high degree of 'proportionality' in an electoral system.
www.aph.gov.au /library/pubs/cib/1998-99/99cib10.htm   (5441 words)

 Preferential voting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A preferential voting system (or preference voting system) is an electoral system in which voters rank a list of candidates in order of preference.
The two preferential voting systems most commonly in use for political elections are instant runoff voting and the Single Transferable Vote (STV).
The voting systems of some jurisdiction in Australia allow group voting tickets or "above the line voting" where a voter can with a single mark indicate support for a predefined set of preferences.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Preferential_voting   (647 words)

 Politics of Australia -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The government of Australia is a federation, and Australians elect state and territory legislatures as well as a bicameral Parliament of Australia based on the Westminster System.
The Australian Labor Party (ALP) is a social democratic party founded by the trade union movement and broadly represents the urban working class, although it increasingly has a base of middle class support.
The proportional representation system allows these parties to win seats in the Australian Senate and in the state upper houses, but they have usually been unable to win seats in the House of Representatives (the Greens won a House seat at a 2002 by-election, but lost it in the 2004 general election).
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Politics_of_Australia   (1092 words)

 NAME OF PAPER (Research Paper 29 1999-2000)
Electoral reform was one prominent area of democratic experiment where Australian innovations caught the attention of such champions of representative democracy as John Stuart Mill, who drew on the Australian interest in PR to argue the case for parliamentary reform in the United Kingdom
The purpose was to move the system from one with a simple-majority to one with a mechanism for recording an absolute-majority.
The problem is that the single-member electoral system for the House of Representatives rewards parties on the basis of their winning number of seats as distinct from their proportion of votes.
www.aph.gov.au /library/pubs/rp/1999-2000/2000rp29.htm   (14456 words)

 Articles - Australian electoral system   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Over 95% of eligible Australians attend polling, and in both 2001 and 2004 only around 5% of Representatives votes were informal.
Australian politics are influenced by social and economic demographics, though the correlation between "class" and voting is not always simple, with most seats marginal by less than 10%.
The Australian Senate has 76 members: each of the six states elects 12 Senators, and the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory each elect two Senators.
www.centralairconditioners.net /articles/Australian_electoral_system   (3018 words)

 Labor eHerald: BOOK: The Australian Electoral System
OPINE RAMSI & the strife in the Solomons
Given Australia's prominent role in influencing the development of elec­toral institutions, it is ironic how few countries actually followed her lead in the adoption of these two preferential electoral systems.
Despite the apparent lack of interest in preferential systems on the part of practicing politicians and electoral engineers, these electoral systems still excite much interest and debate among theorists, political scientists and electoral reformers.
eherald.alp.org.au /articles/1205/magbook19-01.php   (711 words)

 Australian Electoral System - 31/08/2004 - ADJ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The system of compulsory voting, the preparation of the rolls, the methods of voting, the scrutiny of the count and the ability to conduct accurate recounts means that our system of parliamentary democracy is fair and transparent.
The fact that there is no standardisation of enrolment, voting systems and counting systems in the country that claims to be the foremost democracy in the world was a real eye-opener.
Australians came up with this procedure, which is now the most widely used voting system in the world.
parliament.nsw.gov.au /prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/V3Key/LC20040831080   (1077 words)

 The Southern Cross Group: Working for change for the Australian Diaspora
Australian Citizenship for Adults who were Adopted as Children by Australians Overseas: Over the years, the SCG has identified several families who adopted children under the laws of countries such as the UK and Canada in for example the 1960s.
Australian citizens who have been living overseas for six years should be entitled to renew their enrolment as an eligible overseas elector if they have returned to Australia (for any length of time) within the last three years.
Australian Nobel laureate Professor Peter Doherty (who has also lent his support to ExpatriateConnect.com of which the SCG is a founding partner) was the patron of this workshop initiative and the report includes the text of his opening address.
www.southern-cross-group.org   (6098 words)

 WA Electoral System Explained. Antony Green Election Guide. Western Australia 2005. Australian Broadcasting Corporation ...
Western Australia is the only state that retains a zonal electoral system, with votes in regional and rural areas effectively having a greater value than those in Perth.
The 26% of the electorate that lives outside Perth elects 40% of the Assembly and 50% of the Council.
That compromise took the form of a deal that produced an electoral system that advantaged the Labor and National Parties at the expense of the Liberal Party.
www.abc.net.au /elections/wa/2005/guide/electoralsystem.htm   (1439 words)

 An anarchist anti-election campaign - 1998
As the parliamentary stooges argue over their so called mandates and as the Australian Electoral Commission continues to count votes to determine the eventual electoral outcome, John Howard must be looking over his shoulder as seat after seat falls to the opposition parties.
We are encouraging every Australian who is sick and tired of giving blank cheques to politicians to make decisions for them, who have decided not to support the status quo by not voting to wear a fl ribbon during the election campaign.
Although I was threatened with legal action by the Australian Electoral Commission, they did not take legal action because they did not have the legal power to prosecute me. The campaign was successful, as the informal vote in Melbourne was double the informal vote in the rest of Australia.
www.takver.com /history/elections/ami98.htm   (5979 words)

 Australian Labor Party: Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Inquiry into the 2004 Federal Election - ...
Fairness, transparency, access and accountably are the fundamental principles of the Australian electoral system.
There is no better example of the Howard Government's attitude toward electoral law than its approach to political advertising and political donations.
Closing the electoral rolls the day a federal election is called, thus potentially disenfranchising over 80,000 Australians (most of whom are under 21) and forcing 250,000 - 300,000 people to vote using the wrong address3.
www.alp.org.au /action/jscem.php   (430 words)

 Untitled Document
Australian literature (the evolution of Australian poetry and prose, distinguishing themes and styles)
Introduction to Australian political institutions (The Constitutional framework- federalism and the Westminster system: the "washminster" mutation; the High Court, Parliament, the Executive and the Public Service)
Introduction to the Australian electoral and part systems (The Australian electoral system, the Australian party system, the Australian Labor Part, the Coalition parties, the role of minor parties and independents)
www.lclark.edu /~aus03op/coursesAS.html   (369 words)

 List of voting systems topics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_voting_systems_topics   (167 words)

 Bibliographie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Electoral Systems: A Critical Survey, Bellville : Centre for Development Studies, University of the Western Cape.
Electoral Systems and Party Systems: A Study of Twenty-Seven Democracies, 1945-1990, New York : Oxford University Press.
« The Impact of Electoral System on the Transition to Democracy in Africa: The Case of Mali », Electoral Studies 13: 29-37.
www.aceproject.org /main/francais/es/esz_002   (2356 words)

 Pharyngula::We are the Third World now
We also have the strange system that every vote counts, so that the minority of the electorate is represented, and the majority doesn't get all the representatives.
The preferential paper ballot system is uniform nationally, so while manual sorting is time consuming and rather tedious (about ten days per electorate for complete distribution of preferences), it's objective, thorough and highly resistent to fraud.
The Aus system is a clusterfuck of monumental proportions.
pharyngula.org /index/weblog/comments/we_are_the_third_world_now   (2323 words)

 Southern Cross Group: Current Opportunities for Input   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
We encourage all overseas Australian citizens to participate in a parliamentary inquiry into civics and electoral education presently being conducted by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM).
Take a few minutes to tell the JSCEM about your experiences with the Australian electoral system as an overseas citizen in the form of an e-mail submission addressed to the Committee Secretary at jscem@aph.gov.au by the deadline of 2 June 2006.
Tell the JSCEM whether you find the level of information/electoral education available from government agencies about enrolment and voting for overseas Australians or those leaving to live abroad to be adequate and put down your suggestions for improvement.
www.southern-cross-group.org /inquiries/currentopportunities.html   (389 words)

 Re: Noel Cox's Learned Opinion - where Chresby fits in   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Although "edge" has taken the dangerous liberty of "translating" this work on the Australian Electoral System into what he thinks is a New Zealand version, this is not necessary to see the value of Chresby's discussion.
The 2nd reason they fail to enact our WILL is related to this ultimate failure by the electors, because in the absence of our clearly stated WILL, the member remains captive to the clearly stated WILL of the party to which s/he belongs, and so our system is usurped.
We as electors are entitled to appeal directly to the Crown if the Executive is not acting in our best interests, and have the Crown dismiss the Executive and call another election - viz.
www.investigatemagazine.com /_disc1/00000034.htm   (574 words)

 Rants and Tantrums
an independent national electoral body who is in charge of voter registrations, running the polling (including absentee voting and pre-polling), and setting the boundaries of the electorates/boundaries - ie.
The system of voting for the House of Representatives is quite similar to the US House system, I believe - there is a preferential voting system, which means that you must number all the boxes on your ballot paper.
I was listening to coverage of the US election, and an Australian girl said that the longest she had to wait was twenty-five minutes.
rantsandtantrums.blogspot.com   (6246 words)

The argument is more convincing because of the Australian electoral system, but that is not necessary for the argument.
There was an interesting article in the Australian of February 19 2004 that spoke of Latham's adoption of John Howard's conservative political agenda.
Capitalist elites agree to forgo portions of their profits in exchange for 1) social cooperation among interests, primarily capital and labour 2) a state and state bureaucracy that has a) a managerial role, mediating among interests, including conflicting interests among capitalists b) a regulatory role ensuring capital is able to ‘reproduce itself’ without inflicting devastation.
jeffrichards.blogspot.com /2004_02_01_jeffrichards_archive.html   (6099 words)

To monitor the operation of the Australian electoral system and, if necessary, recommend changes to the law and practice of elections
To identify the opportunity for, and occurrence of electoral fraud, malpractice and maladministration and to promote legislative and administrative solutions consistent with the principle of fair elections
To support the fundamental principle of the secret ballot, the integrity of the electoral roll and the public scrutiny of each stage of electoral process
www.hschapman.org /objectives.htm   (127 words)

 Australia and New Zealand School of Government - research - Publications   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
It focuses on the two electoral systems, both 'preferential', that are most closely associated with Australia: namely the aternative vote and the single transferable vote.
Third, it uses aggregate and survey data to systematically analyse the consequences of electoral system design.
The book examines ways the Westminster system has been adapted in the light of local cutures and traditions and considers how Westminster remains important for understanding political institutions and practices.
anzsog-research.anu.edu.au /publications.html   (815 words)

 The Australian Politics Resource - The Electoral System   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Australian Politics Resource - The Electoral System
This document is part of David Moss's Australian Politics Resource
Discovering Democracy provides resources on the Australian electoral system
www.geocities.com /capitolhill/8270/politics/electoral.html   (36 words)

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