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Ron Walker Backs 4-Year Parliamentary Terms; Howard Urges Caution

The Liberal Party’s Federal Treasurer, Ron Walker has advocated 4-year terms parliamentary terms.

Walker argued that cost and improved efficiency of government were the benefits of 4-year terms.

Prime Minister John Howard cautioned that just because something has bipartisan support it doesn’t follow that the public will support it.

A referendum would be needed to extend the existing three-year terms of the federal parliament to four. An amendment to Section 28 of the Constitution would be required.

  • Listen to Ron Walker on 4-year parliamentary terms (7s)
  • Listen to John Howard on public support for 4-year terms (13s)
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