Shane rails against a 5×5 assembly

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Shane Rattenbury

THE Green Shane Rattenbury is putting up a last ditch solo fight against switching the Legislative Assembly to a five seats in five electorates model known as “5×5”.

“The ACT has grown significantly since the Assembly was first created over 23 years ago, and while perhaps it is time for growth, I am concerned that the 5 x 5 model is not the most appropriate nor most democratic approach,” Shane said.

“The 5 x 5 model, which will see five members across five electorates, will limit diversity in representation and make it harder for smaller parties and independents to win seats in the Assembly.

“A fairer and more democratic model would see the existing three electorates remain, but increase membership of each to 7 or 9 members.

Shane has, however, noted that he’s against the tide on this one.

“As the 5 x5 model has the support of both the Labor and Liberal Parties, the only way we could see an alternate model is if the community puts a clear view that they do not support this legislation and want a more democratic, representative system,” he concluded.

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