Fixed terms for the Australian Federal Government
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The federal parliament to hold a referendum to change the terms of the House of representatives to fixed 4 year terms and the Senate to fixed 8 year terms (with no change to half senate elections being held at the same time as the House of Representatives election).
Under this proposal if the government was removed from office by constitutionally valid means and election would be held and the newly elected government would serve out the rest of the sacked governments term.
The advantages of fixed terms
- Reduces the number of elections, currently Australia has an election roughly every two and a half years at a cost of $150,000,000 to $200,000,000 each time.
- Creates political stability. To a large extent the government would lose the ability to use an election as a political tool and there by have to deal with issues directly. Also would remove speculation about when an election would be held from the media.
- Voters able to plan their lives. People would know more than a month in advance when an election would be held and would be able to plan around it.
There are many more advantages to fixed terms for the Australian Federal Government.
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