Voting system “shouldn’t be changed lightly”

THE Labor Government Minister responsible for the federal electoral system believes the voting process should not be changed to protect partisan political interests.

Special Minister of State Gary Gray made the comments after reports some senior Liberal Party figures were considering moving to optional preferential voting if the Coalition won the next election.

Mr Gray said the current system was older than any serving politicians, and "shouldn't be changed lightly".

He said the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, under conservative chairs, had thrice supported the current federal voting system.

It is understood the Liberal party might consider such a move to undermine the influence Labor Party-affiliated unions have through preferential voting.


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