Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Thoughts on the Plebiscite

I'm glad that the plebiscite will give members of the House of Representatives results for their Divisions, not just a nationwide result. The barcoding on the forms will facilitate the Bureau of Statistics doing that.

Members of the House of Representatives are responsible for representing the wishes of their own Electoral Divisions: they aren't meant to vote against the wishes of their own Division in favour of some simple national majority.

So when a Prime Minister has a plebiscite in order to survey the public before Parliament votes on a bill, it's necessary to survey the public Division by Division rather than just nationwide, in order to facilitate the Members' responsibility to represent their Divisions.

Your Representative doesn't mainly need to know the simple majority nationwide - he needs to know what your Division wishes - and that's what he is responsible for representing on the floor of Parliament.

So if Members of Parliament were to vote only in accordance with a national result instead of based on a knowledge of their Divisions' wishes, then hypothetically you could end-up seeing the will of more heavily populated regions in Australia being imposed onto you against the wishes of your region - and your own Representative could be responsible for it!

And that's not how the representative form of government is meant to work - that would fail to carry-out the Provisions to which the States agreed to Federate in the first place.

So that's why the Bureau of Statistics is gathering information Division by Division, not only nationally, and the information will be made known to Members for each Division and also to the public. The barcoding on the forms is designed to facilitate that.

But the survey has potential flaws - like multiple forms having been sent to the same address, which means an unscrupulous individual could vote multiple times. Hopefully that won't make too much difference though.

It would also be possible for someone who doesn't care about the survey to sell his form to someone else who does.

Plus the fact that voting isn't compulsory means either side could still argue the results, in the end.

I know the Bureau is doing its best to avoid too much of that - and along with the result a statement will be made about the integrity of the survey.

In any case, having this national survey might be better than if politicians were to vote according to their own personal whims, or according to pressure from minority lobbyists.

But better still would have been if everyone to honoured God and His Word from the start - that would have meant we could all be spending more time focusing instead on moving forward - and also save a lot of money.  

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