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Legislative Assembly could double in size

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Noel Towell

Canberrans have been asked to consider doubling the number of local politicians in a review of the ACT’s Legislative Assembly.

The expert reference group appointed to the review by the territory government has published its issues paper, which includes a suggestion of up to 35 members of the Assembly representing five electorates, each returning seven MLAs.

There are also options in the paper for an expanded Assembly of 21, 25, 27 or 33 members in a revamped Assembly.

The Legislative Assembly could house twice as many politicians, under a suggestion from an expert reference group.

The Legislative Assembly could house twice as many politicians, under a suggestion from an expert reference group. Photo: Melissa Adams

The reference group is inviting submissions from the public before the next phase of the review proceeds.

The paper makes a clear case for more local representatives, reproducing research that shows Canberrans are easily the nation’s most under-represented electors with just 5.6 elected representatives for every 100,000 people. 

The next jurisdiction on the table, Victoria, has 14.4 representatives for every 100,000 people and the Northern Territory tops the charts with 75.4 representatives for every 100,000 residents.

The national average is 26.

66 comments

  • Is it April Fools day already.

    Commenter
    Nitro Gangster
    Location
    ACT
    Date and time
    January 17, 2013, 1:13PM
    • Australia needs less politicians and should hold a referendum to abolish all state and territory governments and strengthen regional governments to implement one set of laws, rules, regulations, licenses, education, police etc which will save the taxpayer billions every year and guess what, the end of the blame game so the remaining politicians will have to do their jobs for which the taxpayer is paying the bill.

      Commenter
      Tony of Kureelpa
      Date and time
      January 17, 2013, 1:28PM
      • totally agree Tony, abolishing state governments will save the taxpayers over $20 BILLION each year forever and indexed to CPI. No more buck passing, no more junkets, common set of laws as you pointed out. $20 BILLION per year would deliver light rail and VFT, better roads, hospitals that actually treat people. We need a referendum.

        Commenter
        stoney
        Date and time
        January 17, 2013, 1:53PM
      • Agree Tony, I have also heard there is some constitutional issue with the recognition of Local Government and there ability to tax us.

        Commenter
        Martin Says
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        January 17, 2013, 2:59PM
      • Whilst I'm fully in agreement that abolition of state & territory governments would be a step in the right direction, it would be constitutionally difficult to say the least. Note also that local governments have their own set of problems eg how many people realize that behind the mayor there is invariably a half million dollar or worse 'CEO' ... typically a job for the boys position occupied by a total dropkick incapable of stringing five words into a sentence. We had one such creature in Brisbane appointed by General Mole .... about one percent of the ability of a slime mould & presentation to match.

        Commenter
        Yes Minister
        Location
        Woop Woop
        Date and time
        January 17, 2013, 6:11PM
      • IICR, to change our system of government in this way would require the consent of all States and unfortunately, those gravy-train pollies are never going to agree to give up their power, status and perks, not without a fight.

        Commenter
        yumq
        Location
        cbr
        Date and time
        January 17, 2013, 8:58PM
    • sounds like canberrans are once again about to be fooled, There will be massive uproar over 35 politicians, then the gov't will say they will only go to 25. and Canberrans like sheep will accept that!! Here are some words you can google, Con job, pull wool over eyes, hustle, lemming, parking fees, rates increase, hospital queues, overseas junkets for politicians.

      Commenter
      stoney
      Date and time
      January 17, 2013, 1:41PM
      • Don't forget Stoney, Barr will say we can't accommodate all those new MLA's we will be the new Andrew Barr office tower.

        Commenter
        Martin Says
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        January 17, 2013, 3:02PM
      • ummm, does this proposal mean that we will have to deal with more councillor corbells and birch and more village greens. serioulsy, its not about more politicians it's about installing more self serving small minded and parochial councillors that have no vision etc. please just give the real control of canberra back to the feds.

        Commenter
        timbo
        Location
        canberra unfortunatley
        Date and time
        January 17, 2013, 3:31PM
    • That's what we need twice as many self interested pollies like Andrew Barr running around wasting our money.

      Commenter
      Green machine
      Location
      Bighouse
      Date and time
      January 17, 2013, 1:44PM

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