Government set to change Senate voting in bad news for 'micros'
I find it hard to credit that making people vote so as to indicate their actual preferences, as opposed to letting people vote when they are absolutely in ignorance of where their preferences will go, can be argued as being bad for representative democracy.
I suppose that the "micro" argument is that, regardless of how they get there, having more micro members (so to speak) in the Senate is better for democracy. They like the current system, but they should be more upfront that it pretty much like running a lottery for a handful of Senate seats each election.
I would also assume that, should this reform be followed by a double dissolution, it will be goodbye to my favourite Senator to hate, Leyonhjelm. I will have to re-focus the target of my political hatred elsewhere if that happens. But I can live with that.