A MOVE to four-year federal parliamentary terms has the support of Farrer MP Sussan Ley.
The move to align federal and state governments with the same electoral terms was re-ignited by Opposition leader Bill Shorten at the weekend with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also open to the idea of making the change.
A referendum would need to be held to make the change with the earliest a vote could be held on the issue being the next federal election due in 2019.
But former Victorian Liberal Premier Jeff Kennett tweeted on Sunday: “Long overdue. Hold a simple referendum before June 30 next year so result can apply from next election”.
Ms Ley revealed four-year federal terms had strong support locally with two well-known Liberals, Angus McNeil and Noel Wilson, coincidentally campaigning for the move at the NSW state council meeting in Sydney last Friday.
“It's got nothing to do with being in government longer,” Ms Ley said.
“It simply aligns with the states and allows governments more time outside the political cycles to implement their election commitments.
“There is no need to rush into it and as long as it is done properly when it happens.
“Four-year terms definitely have my support.”
The Victorian and NSW state elections are due late next year and March 2019 respectively with the next federal election also due in 2019.
Ms Ley is expected to contest the next federal election.
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