Australia

4 Jul 2016

In Australia, as in the UK, the voting system is at breaking point

In 2010 Australia delivered its first hung parliament since 1940. A seemingly freak one-off, the election followed a period of unrest in the incumbent Labor Party (ALP) who had replaced their Prime Minister Kevin Rudd after just two and a half years in the job. The opposition Liberals had themselves faced major internal tensions – but shocked observers by running the ALP close. A hung parliament […]
23 Feb 2016

Obvious Route for Australian Senate Reform Ignored

Interest in the Australian political system has been building over the last couple of weeks over a proposal to make some notable reforms to the electoral system for the Senate. Each of Australia’s six States elects 12 senators, regardless of population, and there are two senators for each of the two ‘autonomous territories’ (the Northern Territory and Canberra). Normally half of the Senators are […]
3 Aug 2012

Learning from Down Under: Review and Scrutiny in an elected upper house

With news today that after months of petty infighting amongst the parties the Prime Minister may now shelve plans for Lords reform, we look at one of the main arguments used by those against reform: that an elected Lords would challenge the primacy of the commons. On the question of powers for the House of Lords the only way to predict how an elected upper house might interact with the lower […]