Australia’s Growing Democracy Gap

Inside Story, 2018

3 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2019

Date Written: October 2, 2018


Australia’s impressive record of democratic reforms stretches back over a century. This country pioneered the secret ballot (known as the “Australian ballot” in a number of American states). It was among the first group of countries to extend the franchise to women (or at least white women). Its longstanding system of compulsory voting broadens electoral participation in a highly effective way. And its state and federal electoral commissions are widely respected for their independence and professionalism.

Suggested Citation

Tham, Joo-Cheong, Australia’s Growing Democracy Gap (October 2, 2018). Inside Story, 2018. Available at SSRN:

Joo-Cheong Tham (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053

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