Canada’s former prime minister, Stephen Harper, is greeted by a Maori warrior in New Zealand in November 2014. New Zealand’s electoral system allows for far greater Indigenous involvement than Canada’s.
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As New Zealanders head to the polls this week, there are lessons for Canada in the country's electoral system — in particular how it gives Indigenous people a greater role in governing.
Undemocratic voting systems in local council elections are not limited to the City of Sydney.
Queensland led the way in the 1920s – it's about time for the other states to catch up on reforming local council elections.
For the third time in a row, first past the post has delivered confusion rather than stability.
The motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma displayed tension between party and conscience.
The motion of no confidence against South Africa's President Jacob Zuma showcased tension at the heart of South Africa’s democracy. Should MPs have the right to vote according to their conscience?
In March, the government passed sweeping changes to the way Australians elect their senators.
The new Senate is representative of the wide range of views in Australia – and far more so than the House of Representatives.
The UK has limits on expenditure by political parties and third parties, and doesn’t allow paid advertising in electronic media at all.
Unlike similar democracies, Australia neither limits political donations nor campaign expenditure by political parties at the federal level.
There have long been complaints that British general elections don't produce a fair result. Are the locals any better?
Control of preferences for electing the Senate has switched almost entirely to the party organisations.
Reform to how Australia's Senate is elected should happen – but only if it genuinely strengthens voters’ rights.
George, is that trouble I see looming on the horizon?
The Conservatives could govern for a long time, but it won't be an easy ride.
Will the system be different by 2020?
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Parliamentary log-jam, unwilling backbenchers and Conservative preference for first-past-the-post make reform unlikely.
UKIP won 12.6% of the vote share, but only one seat – not Nigel Farage’s.
With 63% of the country not voting Tory, the result throws up its own question of legitimacy.
The UK general election could go either way. The one certainty is that the numbers of seats won won’t match the votes for each party.
This week the "mother of parliaments" faces a general election in the UK. The 'first past the post' electoral system means we can't predict the result with certainty, nor expect it to match the vote.
It’s this or the knacker’s yard, champs.
There is no avoiding it – the UK’s electoral process is well past its sell-by date. In 2010 the first-past-the-post system failed to deliver a single-party majority government and it is very unlikely to…
UK politics is no longer a political tango for two, as this party leaders’ debate illustrated.
Voters in the UK are again looking beyond the traditional two-party system and look set to put paid to a famous proposition of political science.
Students can vote to start an election all over again.
Students have helped solve the mystery of the million missing voters. We should thank them by giving them a reason to show up on May 7.
NSW is expected to see a surge in online voting before the March 28 election – but for peace of mind, old-fashioned paper ballots are still hard to beat.
The NSW election will be Australia's biggest test of electronic voting, with up to 250,000 votes set to be cast online or by phone. But many questions remain about the integrity and privacy of those votes.
The cross-bench senators may call to mind Paul Keating’s charge of ‘unrepresentative swill’, but they also reflect and respond to the 21st-century world in ways that the major parties can’t.
The Senate is not a root cause, but part of a long list of symptoms that indicate Australia's political system is increasingly unfit for purpose in the 21st century.
The most serious risks to electoral integrity usually arise from disparities in political finance and media coverage during a campaign.
Many recent elections have ended with bitter disputes about electoral integrity. The issue is perhaps best exemplified by partisan divisions in the United States over Republican allegations of voter fraud…
Which parties will get their lucky numbers?
Britain’s first-past-the-post system is often defended on the grounds that it enables voters to choose between alternative governments. Two qualities supposedly give it this character. First, it gives…
If recent trends hold, early voting in Australia is here to stay.
As counting for the Queensland state election continues, the Electoral Commission of Queensland has reported a record number of pre-poll votes. More than 200,000 Queenslanders cast their vote early. This…