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We unpack hot topics about Australia's system of government with author of Beyond Federation Dr Klaas Woldring. Is our system of parliamentary representation working effectively? 

Anneke Boudewijn, Pamela Cook
Published on
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 11:03
File size
3.9 MB
8 min 26 sec

Part 4 - Changing the electoral system

Dr Woldring says we need to look at a solution of representation that meets Australia's needs today.

His proposal is to change the House of Representatives electoral system to a multi-party system from multi-member electorate districts, requiring governments to form Coalition.

He says it's a well-tested system used in 86 countries - most notably adopted in Europe post WWII.

Dr Woldring thinks a multi-party system also produces better representation of women.


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