Assessing Objections to Compulsory Voting in Australia

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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and concludes that none of them comes anywhere close to showing that compulsory voting in Australia ought to be repealed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Century of Compulsory Voting in Australia: Genesis, Impact and Future
EditorsMatteo Bonotti, Paul Strangio
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-334-025-1
ISBN (Print)978-981-334-024-4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2021


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