Senate: Reform or Abolish

Make your choice

In October 2013, Preston Manning gathered a group of experts to discuss the future of the Senate. 

They included current and former Senators, academics, activists, and politicians. Each proposed a different option.

HOW WOULD YOU RENOVATE THE RED CHAMBER?


TEAR DOWN

06b

  •  The Senate’s foundations are irreparably damaged
  •  Why do we need a senate anyway?
  •  Tear it down!

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MAJOR RENO

05b

  •  Fix the foundations or don’t bother
  •  Reform must address regional imbalances
  •  Elected and accountable Senators

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MINOR RENO

04b

  •  Minor reform is better than none
  •  Introduce consultative elections
  •  Impose term limits

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DEFERRED DEMOLITION

03d

  •  2015 referendum question: “Senate shall be abolished effective Jan 1, 2025″
  •  Ten years to reach consensus on reforms
  •  If no consensus by 2025, blow it up!

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HOUSEKEEPING

02b

  •  Wipe away the sleaze with doable reforms
  •  Merit-based appointment of Senators
  •  Tighten residency requirements

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STATUS QUO

01b

  •  We need a bicameral parliament and chamber of “sober second thought”
  •  Serious reform would open Pandora’s box
  •  The status quo is the lesser of all evils

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VOTE FOR YOUR CHOICE

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A PROJECT OF THE MANNING FOUNDATION