Letter to the Editor - Saturday, May 9: Greens were cheated
THE Greens boosted their vote in the NSW Lower House elections, but achieved little.
Under our first past the post preferential voting system, a candidate with the most votes in an electorate wins the seat, after counting preferences.
Fair enough, except when you start counting the overall state-wide result.
The Greens won 10% of the vote for the 93 seats, but only won three of the seats.
The Nationals also won 10% of the vote, but got 17 seats. This is blatantly unfair, and makes a mockery of fundamental democracy.
Most democracies now practise proportional representation, where votes aren't lost through skewed numbers or gerrymandering. Putting it simply, every vote counts.
Now why can't we have a fair system like this?