The Proportional Representation Society of Australia (PRSA) advocates for Federal, State and Local Government to be directly elected using multi-member electoral districts, with votes counted using the single transferable vote (STV) form of proportional representation. This is the gold standard of electoral systems.

Upgrading to the gold standard would deliver:

  • a group of representatives (the parliament) that better reflects the views of voters;
  • ensure that many more voters have a representative in their district that they actually voted for; and
  • enable voters to choose between candidates from the same party, e.g. between male or female candidates, or between a sitting member and a renewal candidate.

The gold standard of electoral systems is already used for Tasmania’s House of Assembly and for the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory, each with 5-member districts.

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