Small majority could mean slow government

25 August 2010

Associate Professor Anne Twomey comments on the prospect of either party securing a small majority and the problems that could come with it.

In an interview with ABC Radio Current Affairs Program, PM, Associate Professor Twomey suggests problems might emerge when it comes to voting in the house.

"There is a risk of government falling on the basis of someone not turning up on the day which wouldn't make them very popular really," she asserts.

"The main problem will be when you lose a member of parliament one way or another, for instance, someone gets sick or dies or someone resigns in disgrace.

"So there's a fair degree of desperation to make sure that you keep your numbers.
"In terms of people not being available for a particular vote, mostly that's sorted out in parliament by a pairing system.

"So you just pair a member from your side with a member from the other side to deal with those sort of issues.
"But potentially if someone doesn't turn up because they didn't hear the bell for instance, you can lose an important vote and that can be very problematic."

View the transcript or download the audio - Small majority could mean slow government - ABC Radio Current Affairs PM

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