Talk – 5:30pm, Mon 15 April 2013 – Tweedledee, Tweedledum: all electoral systems were not created equal – Australasian Study of Parliament Group, Qld Chapter

April 1, 2013

The Australasian Study of Parliament Group, Queensland Chapter, presents:

Tweedledee, Tweedledum: all electoral systems were not created equal  presentation by Dr Sacha Blumen
 
Monday April 15  – 5.30pm for 5.45pm 
 
Legislative Council (Red) Chamber, Parliament House, Brisbane
 
Parking available and refreshments to follow
 
RSVP:  Friday April 12  ASPG-Q@parliament.qld.gov.au
 
Dear ASPG member / friend

Please join us for this timely event as the Queensland Government considers public feedback on the proposals in the Electoral Reform Green Paper (developed and released as part of its first 6 Month Action Plan).
Take this opportunity to hear Dr Sacha Blumen share his rare insights into the likely electoral outcomes and broader implications of adopting different electoral systems (such as proportional representation and Hare Clark) and electoral rules (such as voluntary voting).  How would the results change if we changed electoral systems in Queensland?
Dr Blumen conducted a mathematical analysis some years ago using Queensland electoral data to determine the hypothetical outcomes had different electoral systems been used.  His interest in the topic was sparked by an awareness of the long-standing gerrymanders in Queensland, particularly the National Party gerrymander extant in his youth.  He has a PhD in Pure Mathematics, first class honours in Political Science (and an A.Mus.A), and is closely involved with politics in Sydney, where he now lives.  Sacha is a senior consultant with the Allen Consultant Group, co-convenor of the Police Powers and Civil Rights sub-committee of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, and was President of the Kings Cross residents group 2007-09.  He was the ALP candidate for the seat of Sydney in the 2011 NSW State election and an ALP candidate for Councillor in the 2008 City of Sydney elections.
Save the date now and rsvp asap as indicated above.
For further enquiries, please email as above or phone Ms Robyn Moore (Secretary) on 3406 7309 or Ms Nonie Malone (Chair) on 0412 023 209.
 
We hope to see you there.
 
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the ASPG, it is a non-partisan body with a Charter to bring together parliamentarians, academics, members of the media, parliamentary staff and other interested persons to foster research, debate and discussion to further understanding of our Westminster system of parliamentary democracy.  All are welcome.
 
Kind regards
 
Nonie Malone
 
Chair – Australasian Study of Parliament Group, Queensland
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