In this post I discuss how we could increase engagement of MLAs with their electorates, particularly with the switch to 25 seats:
After 25 years of self-government, it is an opportune time to rethink how we expect our Assembly to operate.
At the moment there is an ivory tower mentality held by many in the Assembly. Uniquely amongst parliamentary systems in Australia, members are not allocated local electorate offices. This means that MLAs and their staff can work in the Legislative Assembly every day and virtually never see their actual electorates.