Conservatives oppose SA Labor's attempt to change electoral rules

November 28, 2017

Australian Conservatives in South Australia will not support Labor attempts to shore up their support base by staging a referendum to change electoral settings in the constitution before the March 2018 state election.

Australian Conservatives do not plan to support the Weatherill Government’s call for a referendum on how electoral boundaries are determined. However, they say that after the March 2018 election they would be willing to consider changing the law to rid it of two-party bias and the so-called “fairness clause” - but only if a strong enough case could be made. 

Australian Conservatives leader Dennis Hood told InDaily that he would need to hear a debate on the issue first and see it fleshed out before he could offer a final position on the idea.

"We don’t support Labor’s bid to amend the state’s Constitution to enshrine the one vote, one value principle as that simply is a move by a major party to shore up its support base and overturn the Supreme Court decision that stop the boundaries working in Labor’s favour even when they have a minority vote," Mr Hood said, "However, that does not mean that we are against looking at other possible changes to the act that may help better reflect the public’s vote."

 

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