Citizenship, Interests, Community and Expression: Expatriate Voting Rights in Australian Elections

LAW AND POLICY PAPERS: CITIZENSHIP IN A POST-NATIONAL WORLD: AUSTRALIA AND EUROPE COMPARED, Simon Bronitt, Kim Rubenstein, eds., pp. 24-37, Federation Press, 2008

University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 10-04

14 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2008

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Graeme D. Orr

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law

Abstract

The ability of expatriates to vote in their country of origin is of growing interest in a time of increased mobility across borders. Australian expatriates, numbering upwards of a million, tend to be young and educated.

This article details the history of the right to vote from overseas in Australia, and compares and critiques it to comparable jurisdictions (the UK, Canada and New Zealand).

The assumption that citizenship implies a right to vote is rejected as meeting neither liberal nor communitarian understandings. Ultimately, the article argues against an unduly wide expatriate franchise for non-emigrant societies, and notes the paradox that, as countries like Australia globalise, nationalist resentiment responds as a barrier to any full-scale expatriate franchise.

Keywords: elections and voting, expatriate franchise, citizenship and voting rights, Australia and Common Law

Suggested Citation

Orr, Graeme, Citizenship, Interests, Community and Expression: Expatriate Voting Rights in Australian Elections. LAW AND POLICY PAPERS: CITIZENSHIP IN A POST-NATIONAL WORLD: AUSTRALIA AND EUROPE COMPARED, Simon Bronitt, Kim Rubenstein, eds., pp. 24-37, Federation Press, 2008, University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 10-04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1211662

Graeme Orr (Contact Author)

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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