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None dare call it a Jaymander : Comments

By Allan Pidgeon, published 19/3/2014

South Australian political historians coined the phrase 'Playmander' to describe the phenomenon that saw Sir Thomas Playford retain office as Premier from 1938 until 1965 despite 'losing' the popular vote on a number of occasions.

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There is nothing wrong with the system in south Australian the Lib's just need to get their act together.
The system needs to balance local representation and the general will of the people. There are lots of safe seats for both sides and so the election won or lost in the marginal. The Libs just haven't got a winning team and their small target strategy was well counted by Labour.
Little Johnny lost the popular vote in his GTS election, but won the most seats. It didnít stop him from believing the electorate had voted for the GTS.
Proportional voting sounds great but the reality is mean minority government is the norm.
Posted by Cobber the hound, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:13:40 AM
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The only way, we might end this patent nonsense, that basically makes a joke out of democracy in SA, is with proportional representation!
The so-called independents, simply cannot ignore the popular vote, and through it, the will of the people!
Nor can they ignore who is running the country, and its implications for SA!
That being so, they, both former Liberals, should throw their lot in with the Liberals!
Rhrosty.
Posted by Rhrosty, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 11:38:49 AM
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Due to the new Liberal Member's ignorance of his electorate - when the good folk of Eden-Monaro vote Labor in the next election note even the divine guidance of Pell Pot (or is that Pontius Pell?) will save the Abbott tyranny.
Posted by plantagenet, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:16:20 PM
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Ah !

South Australia... about to become the 'new' Tasmania.

Especially since the recent two Elections.
Posted by Aspley, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 1:57:09 PM
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There is no way that there can be a "fair" result with single member electorates. It is theoreticaly possible to win a majority of seats with only 30-40% of the "popular" first preference votes and probably even less! And that is with all electorates having exactly the same number of voters.

If fairness is defined as the number of seats accurately tracking the "popular" vote then there would have to be a single state wide seat from which all members are elected.

DKit
Posted by dkit, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 2:51:22 PM
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CORRECTION - that should be

The new Liberal Member of Eden-Monaro is ignoring his electorate. Is he again working on another Work "Choices".

When the good folk of Eden-Monaro vote Labor in the next election NOT even the distant divine guidance of Pontius Pell will save Abbott's temporary government.
Posted by plantagenet, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 3:52:38 PM
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