This chapter considers several objections to compulsory in Australia: that compulsory voting unacceptably abridges individual liberty; that it is unnecessary for high electoral turnout; that it is undemocratic; that it violates the ‘right not to vote’; that it has a detrimental effect upon the behaviour and composition of Australia’s political parties; and that it mobilises large numbers of disengaged citizens, with negative consequences for Australian democracy. The chapter provides a critical assessment of these objections and concludes that none of them comes anywhere close to showing that compulsory voting in Australia ought to be repealed.
|Title of host publication||A Century of Compulsory Voting in Australia: Genesis, Impact and Future|
|Editors||Matteo Bonotti, Paul Strangio|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Apr 2021|