How democratic are our elections?

Elections Australia

How important are our democratic beliefs to the way we run federal elections, asks Marian Sawer. Principles generally accepted as basic to democracy are those of political equality and popular control of government. Flowing from the principle of political equality is the principle that political parties or independents supported by citizens should be able to compete on a level playing field. This means that political parties' access to finance and broadcasting time should relate to electoral support rather than business backing or the benefits of being in office.

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