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From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting, Brett,  Judith
From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting
Judith Brett

Paperback $29.99 - The Text Publishing Company
Australian Non Fiction - Published: 5/Mar/2019 - ISBN: 9781925603842

It's compulsory to vote in Australia. We are one of a handful of countries in the world that enforce this rule at election time, and the only English-speaking country. Not only that, we celebrate compulsory voting with sausage sizzles, cake stalls and election parties. But how did this come to be? When and why did we begin making Australians vote? What effect has it had on our political parties, our voting systems, our participation in elections? And how else is the way we vote different from other English-speaking democracies? Brett gives an essay length account of the character of Australian democracy.

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