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1902 and the Origins of Preferential Electoral Systems in Australia

Farrell, David; McAllister, Ian


Australia is the birthplace of the two main forms of preferential electoral voting - the Alternative Vote (AV) and the Single Transferable Vote (STV) methods. Accident and force of circumstances largely explain their introduction. The Hughes Government introduced the AV system in 1918 in an attempt to prevent the right-of-centre parties from splitting their support to the benefit of the ALP. In 1948 the Chifley Government moved to replace the Senate's preferential block system with the STV...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Politics and History
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2005.00368.x


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