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)