Momentum builds in Australia to iron out voting quirks, end gridlock

January 9, 2015 2:58 AM

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Momentum builds in Australia to iron out voting quirks, end gridlock

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Momentum is building in Australia for electoral change that could see tiny single issue parties blamed for U.S.-style gridlock in the upper house senate squeezed out, clearing the way for budget reforms as the economy slows.

Independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon plans to introduce a voting reform bill after parliament returns from its summer holiday next month, changes the business community has been lobbying for amid frustration with the senate.

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