Rules for Representation: Parliament and the Design of the Australian Electoral System

Parliament Australia

This paper reviews the near-century of Parliamentary development of the Commonwealth electoral system: the 'rules for representation' devised by Parliament regulating the requirements of representation for the Senate and House of Representatives and the electoral process more generally. One of the few constants in this story is the frequency of change, as successive Parliaments have tinkered with electoral law and policy to accommodate changing priorities. Not surprisingly, the Australian solution is a fascinating comprise of democratic ideals and partisan deals.

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