Democratic Audit of Australia

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6 Jan 2012

This discussion paper looks at the forthcoming election in Queensland, including the state of the parties and the current electoral geography.

“If the Liberal National Party wins the forthcoming Queensland state election it will be a major watershed for state and national politics,” Prasser...


29 Aug 2011

Australia's system of compulsory voting does not entirely ensure the attendance of all peoples of voting age, recent study demonstrating that as many as one in five Australians not participating in the electoral process.

2010 federal 

Discussion paper

9 Aug 2010

Tony Smith compares the recently announced list of candidates for this month's federal election with the candidates standing in 2007. He finds that despite a modest rise in the number of women candidates, the representation of women in federal parliament could go backwards at this...


24 Jun 2008

In this discussion paper, Joo-Cheong Tham from the University of Melbourne argues the case for treating trade union financial contributions to political parties differently from those of corporations. The paper is a response to growing support for restricting or banning political donations from all organisations....


21 May 2008

This discussion paper examines the regional structure of the Australian Electoral Commission and argues that the existence of permanent District Returning Offices is wasteful and is holding back the adoption of world's best practice enrolment procedures.

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17 Mar 2016

This working paper outlines the case for the South Australian House of Assembly adopting an Alternative voting plus (AV+) voting system and argues that AV+ would represent a genuine attempt at producing a majority government whilst increasing proportionally.

Working paper

31 Aug 2015


This paper investigates the demographic correlates of early voting in person at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Victorian state elections. Between 2006 and 2014 the rate of early voting in person increased 300 percent at Victorian state elections. These elections followed the...

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