Attorney General Simon Corbell has announced changes he’s making to the electoral system to ensure the parties own their seats in the Assembly come what may.
“This Bill proposes changes to the way casual vacancies are filled in the Legislative Assembly on the occasion of a Member vacating their seat during a term of the Assembly,” Mr Corbell said.
“Currently all casual vacancies are filled by recounting the ballot papers cast at the previous election for the vacating Member and this would continue in the majority of cases where a seat is vacated.
“However in the unusual case where no candidate from the same political party as the vacating Member is not available to contest the recount, this new legislation would allow the Legislative Assembly to appoint a replacement member from that same party.”
“This provision has been recommended by the ACT Electoral Commission in its report on the conduct of the 2008 ACT legislative Assembly election. It is specifically designed to maintain the the balance of party representation in the Assembly as determined by the community at the most recent election.”
Do you think the balance of part representation is more important than what votes were cast for individual parties?