Electoral Reform under the Grand Jury

Electoral Reform under the Grand Jury

Note: The following are only suggestions, and may be amended or even discarded according to the will of the people.

At the same time the Grand Jury appoints an Election Committee, it will appoint another committee, the Electoral Reform Committee (ERC), to organize and oversee electoral reform.

The ERC will gather information on the number of registered voters in each electorate, and then create a plan to reduce the size of electorates to 5,000 voters each.

Once we have the information needed, we will initiate a Referendum to ask the People of the Commonwealth to vote on the proposed changes to the Electoral system.

If the people approve, Regional Governments will be created, each one consisting  of 50 electorates of 5,000 voters each. The ERC will draw in the electoral boundaries for the Regions after careful calculation to determine the best assignment of the boundaries to conform with the plan to establish the Regional Governments.

Once the ERC has completed its work it will submit their plan to the Federal Government for approval and funding. The ERC will, upon approval, set about reforming the electoral system, assigning the required number of voters to each electorate, and then preparing elections to select independent candidates to stand for election to a Regional Government in each electorate.

When candidate nominations have closed the ERC will organize an election in each electorate. Because of the nature of this system it will no longer be necessary to hold “big bang” elections. Instead, it will be possible to hold a series of single or multiple regional rolling elections throughout the year, overseen by the ERC.

After elections of representatives to the Regional Governments have been completed the ERC will be disbanded, as its job will be done. From then on, a new Local Electoral Commission will be formed by the Federal Government to manage local elections and conduct rolling elections.

The following is Step 3 in the Advance Australia 5-Step Plan:

The current political party system is not working. Politicians do not represent the people. Instead, they carry out party policy without referring to the voters who elected them. This has resulted in a dictatorial-style system of government that denies We the People a voice in our own government.

Our political institutions derive their power from the people. We the People are the government, but we have forgotten this because the political parties have fed us lies for years that they are in charge.

Therefore, We the People need a better, more inclusive system of government to serve the needs of the nation, by the people, of the people, for the people.

To achieve this, we propose reforming our electoral system so that we can elect independent representatives of the people, not career politicians beholden to their party.

Each voter will have one vote. There will be no preferential vote counting.

We propose creating a Federal Government, as defined in the Commonwealth of Australia Act 1900, made up of approximately 100 Regional Governments; each region consisting of 50 electorates of 5,000 voters.

The system we propose will create a government structure with a clear separation of powers between the Parliament, the Executive and the Judicature.

We could do this if the people vote in a referendum that we will propose: Citizens Initiated Referendum (CIR)

Regional Government

At the Regional level the structure shall include:

  • A unicameral Assembly,
  • An Executive consisting of a Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Officers of Regional Public Service Departments. Local Councils will be rolled into one Regional Council to provide services to the region.

The delivery of public services by Regional governments shall be seamless across the nation. Any Citizen of one Region shall have access to public services in any other Region without detriment.

How to achieve the government reformation:

The first step to reform the government must be to reduce the size of electorates to no more than 5,000 voters. Independent candidates for election will be chosen from citizens in the electorate. The electorate will be small enough that it is likely the candidate will be known to many voters.

By selecting independent representatives We the People will be able to elect true representatives of the people.

Each unicameral Regional Assembly (Regional Parliament) will consist or one representative each from the 50 electorates to serve a Region of approximately 250,000 voters. We also propose that these representatives sit at a round table to avoid any bipartisan grouping. Each representative will have one vote. The representative will vote according to the will of the people in their electorate, and they will be directly accountable to the voters.

If a representative does not perform to the expectations of the voters they can be recalled and a new election called in that electorate.

Each Regional government shall have an Executive consisting of a popularly elected Regional Chief Executive Officer (Mayor) and the Executive Officers of Regional Government Departments. The Executive shall be accountable to the Assembly. This will ensure that there is a clear separation of powers between the Assembly, the Executive, and the Judicature.

The Executive staff will be chosen from best and most efficient employees of the current local councils, allowing the “dead wood” to be discarded.

REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Regional Executives will be responsible for the delivery of all public services except those specifically allocated to the Federal National Executive by the Constitution.

Delivery of public services shall be in accord with National policy and procedures except as specifically approved by the National Parliament in special circumstances.

As a result, delivery of government services shall be seamless across the Nation, and as a result regions will cooperate on matters of mutual interest. Citizens will be able to travel from on region to another and expect exactly the same services.

Constrained only by National policy and procedures, Regional implementation responsibilities shall include the following:

  • Health
  • Hospitals
  • Aged care
  • Child protection
  • Mental health
  • Education
  • The environment
  • Water, drainage and sewerage
  • Rubbish and recycling
  • Law and order (Each Region shall have elements of the National judicature and the National Police Force)
  • Penal institutions
  • Recreation, parks and gardens
  • Wildlife protection
  • Domestic animal welfare and control
  • Regional roads, railways and waterways
  • Regional airports and heliports
  • Vehicle Registration and safety checks
  • Town planning
  • Building regulations
  • Welfare
  • Employment
  • Work place health and safety
  • Primary production
  • Regional Fisheries
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Heritage
  • Registration of births, deaths and marriages
  • Energy
  • Emergency services
  • Community Services
  • Collecting Property Title Levies
  • Training and appointing Mediators of the Peace

YOUR ESSENTIAL PUBLIC SERVICES

Public utilities were created and intended to provide a service for the betterment of society. The very purpose of a public utility is that it is not there to make a profit for a few; it is there to provide an essential service to the multitude. It was conceived for the people by the people, as all other means either did not exist or could not be entrusted to provide a fair and equitable service to all. It never can.

Privatization of essential Public Assets must not only be stopped, but reversed.

THE FEDERAL EXECUTIVE

Voters in each region will select and vote for candidates chosen from among registered voting citizens within the region to represent them in Federal Parliament.

Should a Federal representative’s work not satisfy the regional voters they will be able to call a Regional meeting of voters to vote on whether to recall the representative or not. If the vote is to recall the representative the Regional government will organize an election to choose a new representative.

The Federal Executive shall consist of the Prime Minister and the Chief Executive Officers of Government Departments. The Executive shall be accountable to the Parliament.

The Prime Minister shall create such National Government Departments as are necessary for good governance. Some departments shall be large enough to implement those aspects of governance for which the National Executive has implementation responsibility. The remaining departments shall be small organizations designed to generate, execute, and monitor National policy.

To each of these Departments the Prime Minister shall appoint the Commonwealth Employment Officer to advertise for, obtain information about, vet the capabilities and qualifications of and finally appoint a suitably qualified person as Chief Executive Officer for the Department concerned. Only persons with suitable experience and qualifications would be eligible. Any lobbying or suggestion of merit from others shall not be allowed, and any prospective Officer shall be immediately disqualified if they are found to have broken Federal or State laws in respect of eligibility for their intended Office

The role of the Executive is to implement, administer and monitor the will of the Australian People as expressed by their elected representatives in the Parliament.

At the National level the structure of government shall include:

  • A unicameral Parliament (unicameral means a single chamber). There will be no need for a Senate, as the Federal Representatives will be directly accountable to the people and may be recalled and replaced if they do not perform the Will of the People.
  • A Prime Minister and a Deputy Prime Minister
  • An Executive headed by the PM consisting of the Chief Executive Officers of Public Service Departments (including Chiefs of Navy, Army and Air Force), and
  • the Judicature

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Law and Order
  • Defense
  • National Security
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Customs
  • Immigration
  • Quarantine
  • Overseas Trade (Imports & Exports)
  • The National Economy
  • Citizenship
  • Energy
  • Taxation
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Monetary Policy
  • Land
  • Mining
  • Fisheries (including inland fisheries)
  • Postal services
  • Telecommunications (including the Internet)
  • Banking & Commerce
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • National Statistics
  • Transportation
  • Maritime Operations and Sea-lanes
  • National Infrastructure, including:
    • Roads (the primary links between Regions)
    • Railways (other than intra-Regional) – (all rail gauges to be standardised)
    • Air Traffic Control & Air Safety
    • Airports
  • Water
  • Ports

Staggered Elections:

Elections of representatives at both the national and the regional levels shall be staggered to provide continuity and to ensure a continuous flow of new representatives.

This arrangement of “staggered” elections has many advantages;

  • It avoids the “big bang” election day.
  • It allows elections to be conducted quietly and calmly in one or two electorates at a time; without the voters being subjected to a national advertising campaign.
  • It eliminates the interruption to the normal business of government that occurs with “big-bang” elections.
  • It avoids the tendency with “big bang” elections to make extravagant promises
  • It allows the voters to concentrate their attention on selecting a candidate in their electorate without being bombarded with extraneous material about candidates in other electorates.
  • It ensures changes to policy are gradual, predictable and marginal.

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