There’s an interesting opinion piece by Jenny Stewart on the Canberra Times website today about the ACT government’s electoral design. The point is made that 17 MLAs is too few, and that the system of 3 electorates with 5, 7 and 5 members is silly when it splits Gunghalin and Woden right down the middle. The issue was also discussed on RiotACT recently.
The problem is any changes to the system have to made by the federal government, and there’s a fat chance of getting anything progressive passed by John Howard.
My opinion is that we do need more politicians to do the work here in Canberra, and more members per electorate would see more minor parties and independents getting elected leading to better checks and balances.