Living in a marginal electorate often offers many benefits which other Australians may only dream for. Industry, employment, schools, hospitals, streets, parks, etc. can be much better than those in “devoted” electorates where one party alone attracts the majority of votes. We shall improve the current system and guarantee equality to all voters by reforming the electoral laws as follows:
1. States and state elections shall be abandoned and all responsibilities shall be transferrd to the federal government.
2. In line with our proposed longer government terms federal/national elections shall be held once every 5 years.
3. The number of single-member electorates (also called divisions, seats or constituencies) shall be equal to the number of seats in the new single chamber parliament (i.e. 226)
4. The number of people (i.e. the population quota) in each electorate shall be approximately the same (around 100 000 or population / seats). Population changes shall be taken into account by regular electoral redistributions which shall take place every decade.
5. Votes shall be counted on electoral and national basis. Each party shall receive a number of seats corresponding to its national vote share. Electoral count shall only be used for seat allocation as outlined in the following example:
If party “A” wins 46% of the votes (not for a particular electorate but on a national level) then it shall have 226(see above) x 0.46 = 104 seats. These seats shall be allocated as follows:
In electorates where party “A” candidates are local winners (at electoral level) they shall be included in the total number of 104.
Party “A” may win on a local level in more than 104 electorates but shall not have more than 104 seats.
If party “A” is a local winner in less than 104 electorates its best performing candidates (those with most votes) shall fill the remaining seats (where party “A” is not a local winner) in the 104 seat quota.
The winning party (or coalition) shall have the choice to nominate its seats first (again based on the above principles). The second choice shall belong to the second best party, etc.