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Nicholas Aroney - Interview

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Uploaded on Sep 4, 2011

In 2008 the National-led government made a promise to hold a referendum on the MMP voting system, which we have currently - and have been using since 1996. That promise is about to be fulfilled, with a referendum that will coincide with our general election later this year. We will be asked if we wish to keep the present MMP voting system, as well as what, if any, alternative voting system we would prefer. Critics of the MMP or Mixed Member Proportional system, say that it's too easy for minor parties to have a disproportionate share of power when coalition governments are put together - resulting in what they say, is a political system weakened by its dilution, not strengthened. Allan Lee interviews Dr Nicholas Aroney, Professor of Law at the University of Queensland who has a special interest in the machinations of democratic voting systems.

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