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Draft Legislation to Introduce Fixed Four Year Terms in the House of Representatives

In my view, introducing fixed four year terms would improve the quality of governance in Australia.   Our current system of unfixed three year terms is very short by world standards – most major democracies have 4 or 5 year fixed terms.  In addition, all of our states except Tasmania have fixed four year terms.  The average term of our Parliaments since Federation is just over two and half years.  Introducing fixed four year terms would create greater certainty, leading to improved business investment.  It would also mean that governments would get more done.
 
I have released draft legislation which would establish a referendum on the question of fixed four year terms.  The draft legislation can be downloaded here.  My intention is to introduce a final version of this legislation to Parliament later this year.
 
If you would like to comment on the draft legislation, please use the form below or email david.coleman.mp@aph.gov.au.