Every state in Australia has a bicameral legislature (an upper + lower house), except for Queensland where we only have one house. The reintroduction of an upper house would result in a more stable government; one where new legislation is reviewed more carefully and the whims of the current party in charge do not dominate. Proportional representation in the upper house also allows for better representation of voters through smaller parties which are spread throughout the state.
I want to start asking local members to support the reintroduction of the Queensland Upper House in some form, preferably with proportional representation. I know the Greens want this, but I expect that the two major parties will oppose it as it cuts into their power (or possible power for when they get elected next). As such, I’m looking for advice on what aspects to mention, what questions to expect and how to answer said questions. So far I have the following:
- More stable governing as one party cannot pass whatever legislation they want
- Better representation of smaller interest groups
Questions to expect (and responses)
- It’s confusing
- That’s insulting to Queenslanders, every other state can manage
- Our federal system is already bicameral, we all already understand the system
- It’s slows down new legislation being passed
- The slow downs would be due to debate. If new legislation needs debate, it shouldn’t be rushed through
- Elections are a waste of time
- 30 minutes out of 1 day every couple of years is not a waste (for voters)
Now I am not saying my answers here are perfect. Maybe other people have better answers to these questions, or other questions that may be raised. That’s what I’m hoping to get from people. So if you have any thoughts or ideas, let me know. Once I have things a bit better worked out, I’ll try to write up a nice letter people can send to local representatives. Might even try to contact other minor parties to see if they’re interested at some point, but this is still early on.