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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 05:55 PM
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7. What do minor parties in Australia think about Instant Runoff Voting
What do minor parties in Australia think about Instant Runoff Voting
(since they actually live in a country that uses it)?

The web site of the Australian Green Party says:
The Australian Greens will:

2.1 work to re-assert the authority of the Federal Parliament by:

making it more representative of the range of opinion within society through the use of proportional representation to elect the House of Representatives
So what are they saying?

Are these third parties saying they want to get rd of IRV and replace it with a different single-winner voting system such as range voting? No. These parties express few or no opinions about which single-winner voting systems are superor and inferior, although they probably mostly believe that IRV is superior to plurality voting.

They are saying that they want to get rid of IRV (instant runoff voting) and replace it with multi-winner PR elections.

Why? Probably because all the Australian third parties keep losing IRV elections, whereas they do win a small but significant fraction of PR seats. For example (I am writing this in 2008) the Australian Greens, as Australia's largest third party, have, in their entire history, won exactly one federal IRV seat. This was the (Cunningham) House seat won by Michael K. Organ, who served 2 years (2002-2004). The reason Organ managed to win this seat was that it was not a normal race consisting of the NatLib candidate, the Labour candidate, and some third-party candidates. In this particular race, there was no NatLib candidate. The NatLibs in their current vote recommendation recommend the Greens above Labour. Hence we expect that Organ in this election got most of the NatLib votes.

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