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Why your preferences matter

BY MERRILL WITT Proportional representation in the NSW Legislative Council or Upper House ensures that seats are allocated to minor parties, and optional preferential voting all but guarantees its motley makeup. But is the election of candidates from minor parties a true reflection of the democratic will of the voters given that a few MPs […]

Legislative Council power balance

By ALLISON HORE Last month’s state election handed another term to the Coalition but the results for the upper house of NSW, the Legislative Council, are still rolling in and the crossbench is growing. The NSW Legislative Council is elected by a proportional representation system which treats the whole state as one single electorate. This […]

News in brief

Hickey march scuffle Two protestors were apprehended by police and a minor brawl disrupted traffic in Sydney’s CBD last Friday during the annual rally to protest the death of Aboriginal teenager TJ Hickey ten years ago. Redfern Police Commander, Detective Superintendent Luke Freudenstein, told reporters that no-one was arrested but several people carrying signs may […]

Christian Democratic Party lacks ‘basic human rights’

Political campaigners highlighted the Christian Democratic Party’s lack of concern with regards to basic human rights and justice following the party’s obstruction of a motion in the NSW Parliament last week to commemorate transgender victims of violence. The motion put forward by the Greens on Transgender Day of Remembrance intended to acknowledge the harassment, discrimination […]

Fisher’s planning for the future

Shortly after the NSW Government released its Green Paper in July 2012, Corinne Fisher attended a presentation on the proposal to overhaul the state’s planning laws. And she was shocked. “The thing that really got me very agitated was the question of fairness,” she says. “I saw the proposals in the Green Paper as fundamentally […]