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The Single Transferable Vote and the Alternative Vote Compared

Reilly, B. and Maley, M. (2000) The Single Transferable Vote and the Alternative Vote Compared. In: Bowler, Shaun and Grofman, Bernard, (eds.) Elections in Australia, Ireland, and Malta under the Single Transferable Vote: Reflections on an Embedded Institution. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor Michigan, USA, pp. 37-58.


AV has been implemented at Australian federal elections in two different contexts. Australia has a bicameral Parliament consisting of a House of Representatives that is elected at least every three years and has always utilized single-member constituencies and a Senate, the members of which serve staggered six-year terms, with half of the membership facing election every three years (except when the Senate is prematurely dissolved). All of the originally federating states are guaranteed equal Senate representation and have always constituted at-large multimember electorates.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Copyright: (c) 2000 University of Michigan Press
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