Women, minorities, and proportional representation in Parliament : a proposal for voting reform

Geller, Chris and Adams, Lee 2002, Women, minorities, and proportional representation in Parliament : a proposal for voting reform, in Trust the Women-The Womens Constitutional Convention 2002, The Australian Womens Constitutional Network, Canberra.

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Title Women, minorities, and proportional representation in Parliament : a proposal for voting reform
Author(s) Geller, Chris
Adams, Lee
Conference name Trust the Women-the Womens Constitutional Convention 2002
Conference location Canberra
Conference dates 11-13 June 2002
Title of proceedings Trust the Women-The Womens Constitutional Convention 2002
Publication date 2002
Total pages 17
Publisher The Australian Womens Constitutional Network
Place of publication Canberra
Keyword(s) Women's rights
Sex discrimination
Minorities -- Political activity
Summary The right to vote permits the voices of the electorate to be heard in democracies. However, voting is often insufficient for minorities to obtain representation by their preferred candidates. For traditional political ‘minorities’ including women, self-representation is essential to political equality and social equity. Despite holding roughly 50% of the electoral vote in Australia for 100 years, women comprise only 22% of the Commonwealth Members and 29% of Senators. This paper proposes a new vote counting system, STV with Borda elimination or STV-B. STV-B retains proportional representation but much greater voter control over selection of candidates. STV-B would provide women with a mechanism that yields proportional representation for women without undermining party representation.
Notes Workshop session 2 held at 2:15 pm on Thursday 13 June 2002 in Canberra, ACT. The workshop was part of the Trust the Women Convention - the next hundred years, Women's Constitutional Convention 2002.
Language eng
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Socio Economic Objective 940202 Electoral Systems
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30013750

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