Introduce Optional Preferential Voting

This was the major electoral recommendation of the 2009 Citizens’ Parliament which assembled 150 randomly selected citizens drawn from every electorate nationally. (Disclosure Note: this event was funded and operated by the Foundation. Full findings are found here. In practice, this serves to eliminate preference deals which are lightly understood and (as a result)...

Eliminate Private Donor Funding

Similar to the argument in favour of political advertising is that third party donations are a form of freedom of speech . A contrary view suggests that they significantly reduce public confidence in the motives of our elected representatives due to the perception that donations are only made in expectation of a commercial return,...

Cap Political Advertising

Australian advertising entrepreneur John Singleton described election campaigns as the “ultimate one day sale”. This ought not be considered an endorsement. Arguments in favour of political advertising centre on the theme that it provides voter information and is a form of freedom of speech. A contrary view suggests that it provides little in the...

Increase and Promote Pre-poll Voting

Online and by Mail. As originally suggested in Rethinking the Vote (see Further Reading below) and then expanded by other authors, this seemingly minor change is suggested as improving the deliberative and comparative component of voting. The emphasis on home voting potentially sees voters armed with quite different sets of materials ranging from a short precis...

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