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Elections - Full, Free and Fair - Marian Sawer

Elections - Full, Free and Fair

By: Marian Sawer (Editor)

Paperback Published: September 2001
ISBN: 9781862873957
Number Of Pages: 272

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Australia was the first nation to invent itself through the ballot box and has become a country renowned for democratic innovations, from the secret ballot to adult suffrage and Saturday elections. Many of these reforms are now benchmarks of democracy. Yet the equity of Australia's electoral process continues to be challenged. Does Australia have full, free and fair elections? The authors of this informative, entertaining volume tell of political forces and personalities which have shaped Australia's electoral system. They describe how Australia became a pacesetter, why it experimented so much and whether the experiments have worked. They go on to consider what could and should be done, and the major modern challenges. Are party politics and pre-selections a corrupting influence? What is the impact of a mobile and scattered population? How widespread are the `rorts'? Could we have a `Florida' down under? Elections - Full, Free and Fair is an edited volume on Australian electoral history and innovations, providing a broad commentary on continuing democratic challenges. This well-researched book on democracy and electoral justice covers topics of perennial importance. The project was supported by the ANU, the Australian Electoral Commission, Old Parliament House and the Parliamentary Education Office.

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Did you know, 'In 1832, during a by-election in Montreal, the army was called in and three people were shot dead. As a result the House of Assembly of Lower Canada adopted a bill depriving women of the right to vote, believing that polling stations had become too dangerous for the weaker sex'. ... John Ralston Saul said 'democracy is a sentence and voting just the punctuation', but I think this book demonstrates that voting, who votes and how they vote is the demonstration of how we envisage our democracy. - Inkwell, January 2002

Pacemakers for the world? Marian Sawer A wider field in a new country: Chartism in colonial Australia Paul A Pickering The story of the 'Australian ballot' Mark McKenna Rights without seats: The puzzle of women's legislative recruitment Diane Sainsbury Preferential voting and its political consequences Ben Reilly Inventing Hare-Clark: The model arithmetocracy Judith Homeshaw cratic experiments with Constitution-making Helen Irving 'A great leveller': Compulsory voting Lisa Hill Institutionalising electoral integrity Colin Hughes Delivering democracy to Indigenous Australians Will Sanders Exporting expertise in electoral administration Michael Maley Australian democracy in comparative perspective Arend Lijphart Confidence in Australian democracy Pippa Norris Political parties, partisanship and electoral governance James Jupp and Marian Sawer Notes on Contributors/ Tables, Figures, Illustrations/ Abbreviations/ Index

ISBN: 9781862873957
ISBN-10: 186287395X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: September 2001
Publisher: Federation Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1