Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Mixed-Member Proportional Voting
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that the previous state election resulted in heavy disproportionality in both the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council. Over 100,000 voters who voted for parties without representation in the lower house, while 10.71 per cent of voters who voted for the Victorian Greens resulted in them only receiving 3.3 per cent of the seats. The system is also particularly harmful for minor parties.
Victoria should introduce mixed-member proportional voting, similar to that used in New Zealand and Germany. Victorians will receive two votes at the state election, one electorate vote for who will represent the voter’s electoral division, ranking their ballot as per normal, and one party vote, for which party the voter wants to form government, with the voter only selecting one party. When allocating the seats, all winners of their electoral division shall be considered elected, and the most underrepresented party will be allocated list seats until all list seats have been allocated.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to expand the size of Parliament to 150 seats with 88 electorate seats and 62 list seats and introduce mixed-member proportional voting.
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