Australian politics, society & culture

Compulsory voting

By John van Tiggelen
They say democracy is a serious matter. I wouldn’t know; I’ve never voted.* As a non-citizen for many years, I couldn’t here, and Dutch democracy – with its multi-party governments, supported and criticised by a vigorously diverse press, and consistently high levels of voter turnout despite
Robert Menzies, then prime minister, takes his place in the queue to vote at the 1958 federal election. © The Age/Fairfax Syndication
The mirage of political reform
By Lindsay Tanner