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

Judith Brett


9781925603842

Text Publishing Company


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Politics & government;
Advocate - Today's World


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208 pages

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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 that makes its citizens vote.

Not only that, we embrace it. We celebrate compulsory voting with barbeques and cake stalls at polling stations, and election parties that spill over into Sunday morning.

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?

From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage is a brilliant essay-length book by the celebrated historian Judith Brett, the prize-winning biographer of Alfred Deakin. This is a landmark account of the character of Australian democracy.

By:   Judith Brett
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   300g
ISBN:   9781925603842
ISBN 10:   1925603849
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Judith Brett is the author of Robert Menzies? Forgotten People and emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. The Enigmatic Mr Deakin won the 2018 National Biography Award, and was shortlisted in the NSW Premier?s Literary Awards, NSW Premier?s History Awards and Queensland Literary Awards.


'Australia led the world in broadening the franchise and introducing the secret ballot, but few nations followed us down the path of compulsory voting. This absorbing book explains a century-old institution, how it came to be, and how it survives.' * Antony Green * `Brett's writing is capable of extraordinary clarity, insight and compassion.' * Monthly *

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