Andrew Inglis ClarkPrimary architect of Australia's constitution

Hare-Clark System of Voting

Clark's best known achievement was the introduction of the Hare-Clark system of proportional representation based on the concept of the single transferable vote.
In 1896, at his fourth attempt, he succeeded in amending the Electoral Act by extending the franchise and introducing in Hobart and Launceston proportional representation under what became known as the Hare-Clark system.  The Hare-Clark system of proportional representation continues to be used in Tasmania. 


Read the article from the Hobart Mercury,  11 August 1896 , which reports that Andrew Inglis Clark, the Attorney-General, explained the new voting system at a Hobart Town Hall meeting.



You can find the original digitised article in TROVE