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Thursday, June 23, 2005

The problem with 4 year terms

There is talk of introducing 4 year terms at the federal level for members of the House of Reps. There is one major problem with this; it means that we would get 8 year terms for senators. This is too long for most of the public to handle. The public already feel that they can't get the pollies to account for themselves. A longer term is just going to increase these feelings.
However, there are some solutions to this problem. One is make the terms the same length as lower house MPs. This however then reduces the Senate to a rubber stamp and would require a referendum which would not pass as the people like the senate to be a house of review. Another way would be to restrict senators to single terms. However, this would not be popular with the senators. It would also result in senators being more able to dissent. Hence that is going to happen either.

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