Kim Beazley’s inaccurate view of compulsory voting

A remarkable component of Australia’s compulsory voting regime is the denial: supporters of compulsory voting deny its existence. Kim Beazley has said,

‘We don’t have compulsory voting in Australia. … The people who go out and put this claptrap argument up, that it’s an evil thing to oblige people to vote, well of course it is and nobody does.’

Well, nobody other than the Parliament, the Electoral Act, the Australian Electoral Commission, the courts and ultimately the criminal justice system

My two cents

Labor leader Kim Beazley (1996-2001, 2005-2006...
Labor leader Kim Beazley (1996-2001, 2005-2006) at an anti-WorkChoices rally at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in November 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s interesting when opposition politicians (who aspire to form government) don’t know the law. Compulsory voting strikes me as a the action of paternalistic state that decides what’s best for its constituents.

I’ve heard in some other countries with voluntary voting, the voter turnout is around 70 per cent—it’s not like the sky has fallen in those countries.

Quote source

Chong, D., Davidson, S., & Fry, T. (2005). “It’s an Evil Thing to Oblige People to Vote” in Policy. Summer 2005-06. Vol. 21, No. 4, p. 16


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