Electoral reform

Electoral Reform discusses improvements to the electoral system such as fixed term elections, automatic enrolment of voters and redesign of senate ballot papers.

Issue sheets - democracy

Fixed term elections

Fixed term elections is a discussion of the arguments for and against fixing dates for government terms of office and for the extension of the current three year Commonwealth electoral term to four years…

Direct enrolment

Direct enrolment is a discussion of current enrolment problems and the benefits of moving to a system of automatic enrolment for voters turning 18 and automatic re-enrolment for voters changing address…

The redesign of Senate ballot papers

The redesign of Senate ballot papers is a discussion of ways of improving ballot papers, especially for the Senate, so that voters can understand better for whom they are voting and can express their preferences more clearly…


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The table Democratic Reform Initiatives – current status briefly summarises areas of desirable democratic reform and the justifications for such reform and then lists the current status or proposed action or legislation related to the matter in the federal parliament …

Recent releases


Hear Our Voice book cover Hear Our Voice Ken Coghill & Paula Wright

New reports

Book cover Are we progressing: Comprehensive monitoring and reporting in Australia Andrew Macintosh & Deb Wilkinson

New Essays

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Democracy in Australia

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