Preferential Representation

The Western Australian state elections have brought forward an interesting issue. The fact that the electoral system for the upper houses have a major bias towards party preferences rather than the people’s preferences.

This has been exacerbated by the fact Vote Flux, a block chain based digital direct democracy startup have submitted 26 candidates on 13 different independent tickets to soak up preferences from each other in the WA elections. While not illegal, it has caused a frenzy in the media, but what isn’t debated is how such a system can exist and be abused in this way. Is it fair that parties and independents can swing an election using their preference flows?

Another factor is One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts received just 77 primary votes in the federal election, yet was still elected via preference deals, causing a media outcry. Is it fair that a man who just 77 of at least a million people voted for gets to represent everyone regardless of the vote? Is it fair that the parties and people who create the preference deals can cause such things? That, of course, is up to you to decide.

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