NSW electors selecting political party candidates

Via pollbludger comes news of the NSW Nationals using a US-style primary to select its candidate for one NSW state electorate for the 2011 state election. Quoting the story:

Under the trial, polling booths will operate to allow everyone enrolled in the chosen electorate to vote on who they would like to see as the Nationals candidate.

Currently, only card-carrying members of the party have a say in that process.

Individual electorate councils within the Nationals will now be asked if they would like to have their candidate chosen via community pre-selection.

Mr Stoner previously has said that if the trial works, it would be expanded to other seats for the 2015 election.

It would be great to see the Liberals and ALP adopt a similar process for selecting a candidate for at least one seat in the next state and federal elections, perhaps in independent-held seats. This seems unlikely though given the conservatism of both party organisations.

One Response to NSW electors selecting political party candidates

  1. Anne Sikimeti Latu says:

    Under the trial, polling booths will operate to allow everyone enrolled in the chosen electorate to vote on who they would like to see as the Nationals candidate. Very well:

    Currently, only card-carrying members of the party have a say in that process.

    Yes that is correct! Still with the 2 major political parties, do not forget they worked hard on preparing their members from an early age. They worked as a team. It is better the devil you know that the devil you do not know. They are fully committed, connected, they participated and work as a team and they do selected the best member to stand in election.

    Regardless of what the members do as they progress to be elected and goes to Parliament. The local community knows who is their best. Every local voter knows who will be the best to represent them. Who they voted goes in and will represented their community. How will the community knows the others, they never met and this person will not understand their local issues but his/hers local issues.

    It will be hard more complicated, who we voted we put our trust on them. He can make the decision for us. If he/she does not do a good job they will get their results/rewards in the next election.

    Individual electorate councils within the Nationals will now be asked if they would like to have their candidate chosen via community pre-selection.

    Another waste of money! Why do that, the results from the election! that was the result. Why waste our time to do it again.

    In my area, in the last election all of them were in and they are the people we want to represent us. We are happy about the results. Those were the community’s DECISION! So who went in they can decide who they want to be the leader of their working team.

    Mr Stoner previously has said that if the trial works, it would be expanded to other seats for the 2015 election.

    In my area I don’t think it will work we will not change, we know who we want! end of the story.

    Again and in addition to my argument I strongly believe that it should be a significance historical SUBMISSION to pass a Bill for the establishment of a Commission whose task will be to recommend Amendments to the Parliament and the Electoral Act for and introduction of a new political reform for Australia.

    The seriousness of the conflicts that goes on in Parliament at times as we have seen day in day out on the APAC chanel 607 is not only alarming but very distressing. Some elected members seems to forget about the voters whom they represented. These members were selected by voters to REPRESENT them till the next election. Not up to other MP’S to voted them out. FOR INSTANCE the EX PREMIER HON. Morris Iemma’s case, Tony Stewart’s case.

    The voters have being underlined AND undermined by our elected leaders, a more immediate concern has not been addressed – and that is the fact that the integrity of the current NSW Parliament itself remains questionable in the eyes of many voters.

    We should not ignore the fact that several of the representatives who were re-elected into Parliament last year are those who are the voters wanted. And while the Premier appears to be not too sure about what he is doing, the integrity of the NSW Parliament remains open to question.

    The proposed composition of a new NSW Nationals using a US-style primary to select its candidate for one NSW state electorate for the 2011 state election.

    WILL undoubtedly will worked for some but not for some. A democratic system of parliament should have a viable opposition, but the proposed composition of a new parliament is definitely a first step toward one person dictatorship, because the minority members of parliament, who will not become Cabinet Ministers, will be a minority and powerless.

    It is ironic that one of the explanations put forward for good ideas in Parliament by some People’s Representatives on Parliament sessions that they are a minority in the Parliament and that they could not win approval for their proposal in the parliament. Very sad! That some so good proposal will make a difference to the community and it will still hang as a dark cloud.

    While NSW Nationals using a US-style parliament they are pushing for may sweep popularly-elected people into a new Cabinet, under a new electoral system; the fact remains that such a new government will rule supreme, enjoying an even weaker opposition than the one that we have now.

    The Black and Dark cloud and despite the urgency and the commitment by people for some sort of political reform to be in place. The argument on whether we should have our political leaders dismissed and against members that were elected by their community remain uncertainty, disgusted and cause distress to their community. Whatever promises by some elected MP is still very much in the air.

    Referendum

    There should be a historical recommendation for a legislation to establish a Independent Commission, to be independent of parliament.

    The decisions of the Commission should then be presented to the public for a Referendum, so the public can decide “Yes” or “No” to a clearly presented proposed Amendment to the the Electoral Act.

    the result of the recent election should be taken as a referendum and the majority of the population are in favour of who were voted in and expected to remain in parliament till the next election. Not to be pushed out because you do not want them there! or a threat to you. Always remember the voters. The member was there for Voters and if they pushed them out meaning that you chose to ignore the Voters but yours.

    The next election what you are campaigning for? to represent the voters? or Yourself? next election; leaves one wondering, what kind of parliament is this? Are we voting for us as a community or voting for someone who will dismiss our needs but theirs?

    Unfortunately, we have to quote anyone who do things like this as Adolf Hitler was right when he said: “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”

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