voting system essay | Would a proportional representation voting system be a “better” choice for our House of Representatives? (What do we mean by “better”?)

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2509LHS – Media, Politics & Public Opinion
Essay topics: 35% – Due Thursday Week 10 (6/10)

Write 2,000 words, in clear scholarly prose, and essay – with a cover page, introduction
(containing a clearly identifiable argument), body, conclusion and reference list – on one of
the following topics. Use in-text references (APA style) generously. You must attribute
everything borrowed from other sources and put verbatim quotes in quotation marks.
– 6 references (excluding textbook, scholarly)
– builds on your annotated bibliography
– contain a little page, an introduction with a clearly identifiable argument, a body, and a
conclusion
NB: You must not write an essay on the same topic as your oral presentation.
1. What are the key national identities with whom Australians have traditionally identified?
How does ‘real’ Australia differ from these myths?
2. Compare and contrast the theories and ‘world views’ of Walter Lippmann and John
Dewey. Is one more useful than the other in understanding democracy and communication
today? (cite and refer to the authors’ original works)
3. Compare and contrast federal politics Newspoll results
(http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/newspoll) with ReachTel
(https://www.reachtel.com.au/category/tags/market-research) results between January
2015 and the July 2016 federal election. What methods / samples did they use? What
questions did they ask? Which was the more accurate? (Use scholarly theory)
4. Analyse the public comments One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has made in 2016.
What rhetorical devices does she employ? Whom is she targeting? (Use Factiva)
5. Are Australia’s major political parties in crisis? Why or why not?
6. Would a proportional representation voting system be a “better” choice for our House of
Representatives? (What do we mean by “better”?)
7. Are Australian prime ministers too powerful? Should we codify their powers in the
Constitution?
8. Track the public comments (via Factiva) the Queensland government & police made – in
reference to the death of Cole Miller & alcohol law reform from January-February, 2016 –
and contrast those with the comments and lobbying strategies of the alcohol lobby.

9. What was the Finkelstein Report? Who commissioned it and for what reason? What were
its key recommendations? How did Australia’s major newspapers react? (see
http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/1205_finkelstein.pdf)
10. Compare & contrast the rhetoric the Liberal- National party coalition has used on asylum
seekers since 2001 with that used by the Greens and asylum-seeker support groups. How
has the rhetoric of each evolved over time?
11. Free choice: Pitch you own topic & argument to Paul.

Description

Voting is the process that is used to create a vibrant and representative democracy. The inventors of democracy were of the view that voting would present a way for people to choose their representatives in national and regional policy making tables (Baron and Diermeier, 2001). The Australian House of Representatives is supposed to consist of people who represent the diverse population in the country. However, the voting system where the winner takes all means that the house representatives do not reflect the will of the people. The voting system currently being used to elect house representatives in Australia has been criticized as discriminative and against the tenets of democracy. It is on this basis that this paper argues that proportional voting system would be a better choice in electing house representatives in Australia. The essay’s method is to offer explanations and arguments why this system would be better than the one being used now.