It’s being reported this morning that Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has asked Attorney-General Cameron Dick to examine whether compulsory preferential voting should be reintroduced in Queensland, ostensibly because of the growing rate of the informal vote.
As Possum remarks:
I’m sure that compulsory preferential voting having the consequence of boosting ALP electoral prospects in Qld with a large Green vote has nothing at all to do with it.
The Brisbane City Council by-election I wrote about the other day didn’t require a distribution of preferences because it was won by the LNP on primaries, but a commenter who’d been scrutineering reported 27% of Greens preferences at one booth exhausting after the first preference.
It’s interesting to see Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman, who’s normally reluctant to take a partisan position in state politics, accusing the Premier of wanting to rig the electoral system to improve Labor’s chances in the state election due in 2012, and vowing to lead a strong campaign against such a move between now and the election.