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?

Mal Anderson



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