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Compulsory voting, much like democracy, beats the alternatives

In an article published on The Conversation, Professor Lisa Hill explains why compulsory voting beats the alternatives, such as switching to a voluntary system. Click here to read Lisa’s article.

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Compulsory voting: lessons for the United Kingdom

Last week, the University of Adelaide’s Public Law and Policy Research Unit and the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre were very pleased to host Professor Sarah Birch from the University of Glasgow. Professor Birch is a leading international scholar in electoral integrity, and the author of Full Participation: A Comparative Study of Compulsory Voting (2009). Professor […]

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UPCOMING EVENT: Compulsory Voting

The University of Adelaide Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre and the Public Law and Policy Research Unit invite you to attend the following event: Compulsory Voting ‘Compulsory Voting for First Time Voters in Britain’ – Professor Sarah Birch ‘Compulsory Voting: Hazards and Benefits’ – Professor Lisa Hill Professor Sarah Birch (University of Glasgow) and Professor Lisa […]

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Symposium: Compulsory Voting in Comparative Perspective

The Adelaide Law School is delighted to invite you to attend a symposium on compulsory voting in comparative perspective, presented by its postgraduate Comparative Law class. The symposium addresses the question whether people should be compelled to vote in a democratic system of government. The Australian electoral system is considered by electoral specialists to be […]

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Compulsory Voting and the Constitution

In the last few years, the High Court has constitionalized a number of aspects of our electoral system and franchise. In this post, Associate Professor John Gava looks at the implications this may have for compulsory voting. Let’s conduct a thought experiment. Imagine the Commonwealth Parliament passing a law that takes away the right of […]

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If It Ain’t Broke…

Professor Lisa Hill, School of History and Politics University of Adelaide, evaluates whether voting should be made voluntary in Queensland. Queensland’s Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie, is currently seeking public opinion on electoral reform following the release of a green discussion paper in January 2013.  His avowed purpose in calling for public submissions is to explore changes […]

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