There have now been a number of propenents for and against four year parliamentary terms.
Graeme Edgler makes a good point in A four-year parliamentary term? - those who want a four year term should prove the need for change.
It’s time for those who want this to actually convince a good sized-majority of everyone else that they are right. Start with me.
I’m not convinced either way yet.
And Bryce Edwards comes out against a change in We need more democracy not less – arguments against a 4-year term.
If we extend the parliamentary term from the current three years to four years, then quite simply the public has less say over how the country is run.
Yes, if nothing else changes. But hw important is the length of term for democracy?
But I don’t think the number of elections matters that much. The vast majority of people get mildly interested at each election and mostly try to avoid politics between elections.
I don’t think most people would notice or care if the term changed by a year.
I think it’s far more important is having more people interested and involved in political processes. And having better political processes available between elections.
So how can we improve our democracy? Maybe if politicians want to talk us into lengthening the term to four years they should be offering us something substantial to allow us much more say (and more effective say) between elections.