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Dump compulsory voting?

Posted by: Staff writers | 3 January, 2013 - 1:47 PM
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4BC Summer Morning: With the Newman Government today announcing that they will look into dumping compulsory voting at the State level, Dr Paul Williams, a senior lecturer at Griffith University, speaks with John Scott about how compulsory voting works and if the system isn't broken why change it.

Blog comments Your Say

  • Along with Non-compulsory voting should be the use of indelible pencils and compulsory preferential voting, no HOW-TO-VOTE Cards and a photo ID.

    There will then be little chance of voting early and often, nor the ability to add a preference after the fact.

    The bullying and intimidation that is the handing out of HOW-TO-VOTE Cards should stop.

    A HOW-TO-VOTE Card is helpful only to show a Independent or Greens candidates leaning, these therefore should be on display in the polling booths (under glass).

    Not only no advertising or letter box drops in the previous 48 hours but no media coverage of so-called news events.

    Accusations by opponents of stupid behaviour should not be reported till after the election. Accusations by opponents of illegal behaviour should not be reported unless actually in a police report and a matter of record, then the alleged perpetrator has a right of reply / explanation.

    Colene Wednesday 9 January, 2013 - 4:11 AM
  • What integrity or freedom do we have left.The thought police are mounting their bicycles now.It is all eroding away due to the technological advancements of the communication age and the mindset of the blogger like you, who refers to an external factor. We as Australians, certainly don't have to be just another version of the "blind harlem rat".Keep the reference comments relating to Qld or Australia, where for the past thirty years every liberal prime minister has been a freemason.Is that controlled democracy or do you pass it off as a faux pas, due to the lack of a prior declaration by any of the following ie politicians,judges,magistrates, and bench-type judicial/statutory administrators also include company directors, share registry and CEOS'.The catholic church is fair game, why not these other people,if you consider those facts.As for checks and balances, if you read any or every newspaper here in australia, you would have to an idiot not to work out that there is no such thing as a standard contemporary knowledge available about any issues or political matters.No body, no matter how titled or well paid,is able to gather the full story, or if they do, they pike it, because their job and lifestyle will suffer.
    The only two real people who have stuck to their ideals in the last 40 years in this country, were Lindy Chamberlain and Simon Townsend.At least they had priciple, for standing up for both themselves and their beliefs.And in the end, after much suffering, each got their justice,belayed as in Vietnam decreed a useless war and the incarceration/imprisonment they both suffered, for fighting an injust social supposedly informed system.So "bambino" your freedom definition needs revision!

    better a thinker than a deflector Tuesday 8 January, 2013 - 11:30 AM
  • mary had a little lamb: quick put a halter on him, you have to show photo ID to identify that you are eligible to dump rubbish but you do not want to do it to keep the honesty and integrity of an election? Ferdinand Marcos stayed in power in the Philippines as long as he did because the elections had no checks and balances.

    CRY FREEDOM Monday 7 January, 2013 - 10:17 PM
  • Judging by the inane call for photo id when voting, the most obvious result is not a bonus for any political party but another step towards gentrified fascism.Do we Australians' now have to a dingo or a poddy lamb imprinted on our clothing,just like in warsaw and other locations in WW2

    mary had a little lamb: quick put a halter on him Monday 7 January, 2013 - 11:50 AM
  • Before we get rid of compulsory voting we need to have it that you must provide photo ID to vote otherwise the ALP will vote early vote often for those they know do not vote.

    CRY FREEDOM Monday 7 January, 2013 - 9:57 AM
  • Not only get rid of compulsory voting but change the way polling booths are run on Voting day.
    No posters, signs or supporters of political party groups at polling booths.
    This would stop the intimidation of voters by political party booth helpers.

    Ronny Of Brighton QLD Saturday 5 January, 2013 - 10:49 AM

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