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Submitted on 22/02/2012 - 1:22pm relating to the issues Basis for eligibility for list seats (thresholds), Proportion of electorate seats to list seats
Should the 5% threshold be kept or changed? Why? If you recommend change, what should it be and why?:
I don't believe this should be reduced.
Should the one electorate seat threshold be kept or changed? Why? If you recommend change, what should it be and why?:
I don't believe that this should be kept. The list seats should be only available to those parties who achieve the 5% threshhold. In previous elections we have had parties who receive 4% of the party vote and have no electorate seats but other parties who win an electorate seat and receive less of the party vote are currently entitles to their proportion of list seats with less party vote than others who have no electorate seats. This is unjust.
Should there be a different combination of thresholds? What should they be and why?:
Firstly I believe we should only have 100 MP's. On our current 120 MP's our number is the highest per capita in the world. If we did have 100 MP's I would prefer a 70/30 split. If the total number remains at 120 then I believe that the split should be changed to 80 electorate seats and 40 party seats. Only the party seats should be allocated on the proportion of the total party vote. If the current 70/50 split remains then again I believe that the 50 list seats only should be allocated on the proportion of party votes.
Is this a problem, and what should be done to fix it?:
As covered above, I believe we have too many total MP's and the number should be reduced to 100. I also believe that the number of list seats should be reduced. If we had 100 MP's then the split should be 70/30. Based on 120 seats I would prefer 80/40. I also believe that the list seats only should be based on the proportion of the party vote.
Please use the space below for any other issues you want to raise:
I am a beliver in having the right of candidates to be list candidates only. Some of our best MP's are intelligent people from the list, many of whom may not say the populist things to get elected in an electorate or alternatively live in a strongly red or blue electorate with little chance of being elected in that electorate.