to Mr. Adam Bandt, MP for Melbourne
Thank-you for your great work as the Greens MP for Melbourne. You must be happy to have achieved such a great victory for the Greens, by getting elected to the so-called “house of representatives”.
I want to complain about the electoral system, and I’m going to use some strong language, which is in no way directed to your good self.
If 40% of all people in each electorate vote Labour, and 51% vote Liberal/National, for the “house of representatives”, then Liberal/National would win 100% of the seats, and no one else would win any seats.
This is FUCKING CORRUPT, if I may get angry. Is it “REPRESENTATIVE” that minority parties such as the Greens are almost totally unrepresented, due to a moronic system of election?
As you know, this is a big problem not just in theory – the Greens won 11.76% of vote in the 2010 elections, which should entitle them to 18 seats out of 150 in the ‘lower house’, but they have only one seat which is yours. I’m proud to live in Melbourne where the Greens appear to be the majority party, but where the hell are our other 17 seats?
Can we do something about this? I suppose a referendum would be needed, but with a decent public exposee, it could hardly fail.
It would even be better to forget about the electorates entirely, and say Greens won 13% = 20 seats, Labour won 50 seats, liberal won 50 seats, now please figure out amicably which of the seats you would prefer to have, guided by which seats had the highest number of votes for each party.
I am going to contact several online petition orgs to raise this issue, it really makes me furious.
Any mathematician would laugh or cry at the stupidity of the electoral system for our house of representatives. I’m ignorant, but I wouldn’t be surprised if most other countries have equally idiotic systems for electing their government leaders.
Thank your sir for reading my rant. I will also send it to your email for your convenience, if you wish to respond by email!