In our federal election on Monday, we may well have achieved a short-term government.
This is the inevitable result of many voters insisting on, and some political parties enabling, their right to vote for what is, in essence, a hardly viable political entity at the federal level.
Of the six political parties that ran candidates in this election, only two were clearly on the right side of the political spectrum — and one of those two was very much a fringe element. Three of the parties on the left of the political spectrum certainly reduced votes for the historically largest left-of-spectrum political party.
A corrective voting solution is possible, and might well parallel one of the “majority electoral,” a.k.a. “second ballot,” systems used in other countries.
If no party wins a majority, candidates from the party or parties with previously defined low percentages of votes are excluded from the second election round (often within a two-week period).
In the past, we’ve had political gurus promise electoral reform. It might be time to seriously consider a “majority electoral” system or even a more contentious proportional representation system.