JSCEM Senate reform inquiry – video highlights

I watched some parts of today’s JSCEM inquiry, and cut together a few short clips of interesting parts of the day. I thought I would post them on Youtube and here – if you have a section which you think was particularly interesting, let me know in comments and I’ll cut it and upload it.

Firstly, this 42 second interaction between Antony Green and Stephen Conroy about whether voters actively choose to vote above the line, or are ‘herded’ into it by a voting system that makes it much much harder to vote below-the-line. This is related to my blog post on informal rates amongst below-the-line voters.

Go below the fold for three more videos.

And here is a longer 5-minute clip which includes the above, as well as more interesting discussions which are revealing about the real issues at the core of Senate reform.

Here is the five-minute introductory statement from the original public psephologist, Malcolm Mackerras, in which he is strongly critical of the proposed changes, as well as previous changes in 1984. He also makes some off-topic criticisms of Malcolm Turnbull and calls on senators to take the new law to the High Court.

And finally, a short clip where committee chairman David Coleman clarifies with Mackerras that he believes the Senate voting system has been unconstitutional since 1984.

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