Reasons why The Riverina State (including Northern Victoria) is Essential
This state will ensure that all governance, including that of natural resources such as water and timber, will be most beneficial for the people in The Riverina.
The Riverina is generally the eight electorates west of The Great Dividing Range, including water management infrastructure such as Hume, Burrinjuck and Blowering Dams, and the Murray River.
And the northern areas of Victoria, including Lake Eildon
Politics can be summarized in one short statement:
Politics Is Numbers
If you have the numbers, you will succeed.
If you haven’t got the numbers, you will fail.
The People in The Riverina and northern Victoria haven’t got the numbers.
Concentration of Electorates
This map of the state electorates of N.S.W. displays the concentration of electorates and politicians in the Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong areas.
The Victorian map displays the concentration of electorates in the Melbourne and Port Phillip area.
These are immediately concerning.
The situation is worse than it initially appears
In the 2019 N.S.W. State election, 435,400 people voted for The Greens, the vast majority of these located in the Metropolitan and North Coast areas.
There are only 398,000 voters in the eight electorates west of The Great Dividing Range.
There are more Green voters in N.S.W. opposed to the irrigation, timber and other natural resource based industries than there are voters west of The Great Dividing Range.
In the 2018 Victorian State election, 376,665 people voted for The Greens, the vast majority of these located in the metropolitan area. There are only 367,736 voters in the nine marked electorates. There are more Green voters in Victoria opposed to the irrigation, timber and other natural resource based industries than there are voters in the nine electorates containing most of these industries.
The number of people who vote for The Greens in N.S.W. and Victoria, and other sympathetic voters, ensures that natural resource based industries will be subject to continually increasing restrictions and prohibitions.
The situation gets worse in N.S.W.
Electorates in N.S.W. are limited to a total of 93 and are based on equal population (within 5% of the average).
As population growth has been greater in metropolitan areas, since 1904, on average, one country electorate has transferred to the Newcastle, Sydney, or Wollongong areas every five years.
The country areas of N.S.W. are continually declining in the quantity of representation in the N.S.W. Parliament.
And even worse in Victoria
Electorates in Victoria are set at 88 and are based on equal population (within 10% of the average).
Since 1904, 25 electorates (and Members of Parliament) have gone from the country to the city.
Further, between 1955-1985, an additional 20 electorates have been added, all in the Melbourne and Port Phillip area.
Country Victoria has effectively lost one electorate and consequent Member of Parliament every 3 years.
One Member of Parliament in NSW
If the long term trend in N.S.W. continues, in between forty to seventy years’ time there will only be one electorate west of The Great Dividing Range.
Having only one Member of Parliament west of the Great Dividing Range will ensure that the people in this area have practically no effective representation in Parliament.
And One Member of Parliament in Victoria
If the long term trend in Victoria continues, in 60 years there will only be one non metropolitan electorate.
Having only one Member of Parliament will ensure that the people in country areas will have practically no effective representation in Parliament.
The Australian Constitution
The formation of new states has been provided for in the Australian Constitution.
SECTION 124. Formation of new States
A new State may be formed by separation of territory from a State, but only with the consent of the Parliament thereof, and a new State may be formed by the union of two or more States or parts of States, but only with the consent of the Parliaments of the States affected.
- A successful referendum of the people in The Riverina, and of northern Victoria, to form a Riverina State will compel the Parliaments of N.S.W. and Victoria to consent to the formation of The Riverina State.
Objective of The Riverina State Group:
To form The Riverina into a State of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Gain the consent of the N.S.W and Victorian Parliaments to form The Riverina State.
Conduct State agreed referendums of the People in The Riverina and northern Victoria on whether to form The Riverina State.
Standing and endorsing supporting candidates in State and Federal elections.
Promoting the formation of The Riverina State among the Riverina population.
Whatever other activities will assist State formation.
The fatal flaw in N.S.W should not be reproduced in The Riverina
The People in The Riverina should ensure that they do not recreate the problem of political domination by the people from one small area as in N.S.W
A solution is to have area limits on electorates.
This map is an example of electorates limited to no more than 10% of the area of The Riverina, with additional electorates for every 10,000 voters, limited to no more than ten electorates in ten percent of the area of the state (the area marked in blue).
This example will ensure that while a highly populated area of the state may evolve, the people in less densely populated areas will still retain effective representation in Parliament. The population from the more densely populated area will have increased representation, but will be prevented from overwhelmingly dominating the rest of the State.
Additional proposals to ensure the people in all areas of the State are effectively represented in Parliament, and to minimize political corruption.
1) The Premier elected by the people rather than by the majority faction of the Legislative Assembly.
This will ensure the Premier is subject and servant of the people, and not of the Members of Legislature.
2) Votes for the Premier be cast by the People per electorate i.e. each electorate casts one preferential vote for the Premier.
This will ensure that to be elected, candidates will need to appeal to the people in all areas of the State, and not merely the people in the most populous area. This will ensure that all people in all areas are considered more equally by the Premier.
3) Term limits on political office.
It is inevitable that the insulation of political office from the difficulties of the people, and self interest, will ensure that the Premier and the Members of the Legislature’s ability to govern for the benefit of the people will be increasingly diminished. The people will be better served if the Premier and Members of the Legislature are limited to a maximum of eight years in Office, and then stand aside to ensure a more capable Premier and Member emerges.
4) The Premier governing separately from the Legislature.
This will remove the Premier from being subject to probable scheming, and the manifold opportunities for corrupt interaction, with the Members of the Legislature, while still being subject to publicly observable law and finance formed by the Members.
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