Australia Local Gov to Return to First-Past-the-Post
elections will be more transparent and less able to be manipulated
by big political parties under plans to abandon the proportional
preferential voting system (PPV)."
words are from the Western
Australia Local Government Association (WALGA). In 2007
the state of Western Australia, with a population about half
of British Columbia's, imposed a proportional preferential
voting system on all municipalities. What they call PPV is
the same as STV as you can see from the quota
and counting rules.
Local Government Association President Cr Bill Mitchell said:
"Under the first-past-the-post system candidates need
only to win the support of their local community whereas under
the PPV system there is a greater focus on running mates and
back room deals that mostly suit the organized, larger political
Local Government Association, the same as our B.C. Union of
Municipalities, ran a television and advertising campaign
opposing the introduction of the preferential voting system.
In January 2009 a new government in Western Australia announced
plans to return to First-Past-the-Post voting in time for
their next council elections in October 2009.
is ironic that British Columbians are considering adopting
the system that disappointed voters in Western Australia.
Before we vote on BC-STV, British Columbians should consider
the experience in Western Australia where they found it is
manipulated by big political parties.
Columbians can also benefit by following politics in Ireland
which has used STV since 1918. Its coalition
government, only two years old, may collapse after an emergency
budget is tabled on April 7th.