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Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007, 06:14 pm
Politics: Furry Party of Australia

Each federal election I like to do a Furry Party of Australia flyer with updated political references. Call it an election tradition.



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Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 10:46 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Yes? Is this different from how you do voting in the UK? The AEC has instructions on how to vote in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.
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Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

(Replying directly to you so you see it.) defenestrate_me is right. New Zealand takes proportionality further with a proportional system in the lower house too. This means neither major party can rule without the support of at least one minor party. Our major parties (and I'm sure yours too) would predict immediate political collapse under this system, but New Zealand has managed to have largely stable government and independent analysis (will have to look up the reference from work) shows they actually end up with better policy outcomes.

Fri, Nov. 23rd, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
whyrl

I've no idea whether MMP actually works in practice as I moved out of New Zealand before it came into effect. But wouldn't that mean that radical parties like One Nation and Family First would end up with representatives in the Lower House under MMP where they most likely wouldn't under our current system?

Sat, Nov. 24th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Yes, and then you put up with it. I don't know what the quota is or how the preferences work, but far right parties traditionally have much lower support than socially progressive parties so we can expect the latter to hold the balance of power.

Sat, Nov. 24th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
whyrl

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_system_of_New_Zealand

It sounds like an interesting system.

Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)
guma_kawauso

I was just wondering.. is Australia a "two party system" or are third parties viable for elections? Here in the States, third parties are traditionally failures.

Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Third parties are very much viable in Australia! Because we have preferential voting in the lower house, their preferences decide many seats and because the Senate uses a proportional preferential system they pick up several seats and traditionally hold the balance of power in the Senate. Your major parties would predict immediate political collapse under this system but it actually works quite well and it ensures that more people have a voice in our electoral system.

Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
guma_kawauso

Political collapse for them.... maybe. :-) I wish there were other parties that were viable here....

Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

The major parties are still big here and in New Zealand. The only difference is they don't get it all their own way all the time. No wonder they're so worried!

Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC)
brisdrake

hehe great minds... I'm in progress of putting up a mock-website for the One Dragon party :P
Great work Marko... I love it ;D

Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Great idea, but you'd better be quick! The election's almost over!

Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
digiroo

OMG, Australia actually has a proper voting system. +1 for moving to Australia. I've often contemplated why America doesn't have this kind of system. I think the typical American's head would explode if given this explanation of how to vote. I mean punching a dot next to the proper candidate is apparently too hard for some folks. That and I think we're forever locked into a 2 party system which is tearing this country apart. :-(

Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

We have a certain percentage of informal voting. Some of it would be people too stupid to number squares, even after all the advertising campaigns. But some of it is people making a protest vote (voting is compulsory in Australia). A waste of a vote in my opinion. I've only done that once, it was in a very safe Labor seat with only the two major parties running. I did it to express my disappointment at not being given a choice.