The senate and proportional representation: public policy justifications of minority representation
This paper was originally prepared as an historical background paper for a conference to mark the 50 th anniversary of the introduction of proportional representation in the Australian Senate. The paper answers the historical question: why did Australia adopt proportional representation for the Senate? The bare facts are well known: in 1948 the Chifley government initiated amendments to the Electoral Act to alter the existing method of counting the Senate vote which had traditionally rewarded...[Show more]
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