11-07-2012, 05:36 AM
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I heard it was actually required of Australians and I wonder if we have any members here if they could weigh in on it.

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 11-07-2012, 08:35 PM
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You mean it is mandatory! Wow!

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 11-08-2012, 02:18 PM
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You are correct - voting is Australia is compulsory and you can be fined for not voting at all levels of government: Federal, State and Local.

I guess the motivation behind this is our relatively small population which is under 23 million. There have been some politicians that have been pushing for the voting requirement to be abolished.

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 11-08-2012, 02:20 PM
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I don't know if that's awesome or tyranical....

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 11-08-2012, 02:25 PM
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  • jvrck
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On another note, Aboriginals (indigenous Australians) were allowed to vote only after 1962.

They were granted Citizenship in 1949 prior to this they were considered flora and fauna.

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 11-08-2012, 04:23 PM
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  • chabbs
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Compulsory voting is a love/hate thing for us in Australia.

One of the problems is donkey voting, people just tick random things on their ballot and dont to do it properly. But the good thing is that we have votes from almost every Australian over the age of 18. So generally everyone has their say in which party should come to power.

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 11-08-2012, 04:37 PM
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I guess for the vast size of Australia and the smaller population, this might be a good thing. I would hate to think my Prime Minister was elected with 100 votes.

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