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Freedom of speech is fundamental to a free society. Political communication is obviously an important mode of speech and accordingly, the laws and regulations that seek to restrict it are inherently concerning.
This audit was conducted to assess whether the Australian Electoral Commission appropriately established and managed the contracts for the transportation of completed ballot papers and the Senate scanning solution for the 2016 federal election.
In recent years there has been surge of critical interest in the study of committees in Westminster-derived parliaments. However, one type of committee has escaped review: Australia's dedicated electoral matters committees (EMC). This article investigates the policy impact of one of Australia's EMCs, the Victorian...
This article addresses a number of key issues confronting contemporary electoral law in Australia. It demonstrates that Australian electoral law is facing many of the same questions and problems that concern other nations, such as how best to regulate campaign financing, regulating ballot access, and...
This article examines the primary ways in which algorithmic political communication—organized by automated scripts on social media—may undermine elections in democracies.
This paper re-caps the events which influenced electoral reforms in 2018, before examining in greater detail the relevant legislative provisions, the concept of implied freedom of political communication under the Constitution, and the reasoning of the High Court in Unions NSW v New South Wales....
The question of whether voters should be required to present an acceptable form of identification (ID) when casting a ballot at a federal election has persisted.
The question of whether voters should be required to present an acceptable form of...
While the calling of an election is partly a matter of political judgement and timing, a constitutional and legislative framework governs the electoral timetables and processes. In this research note Rob Lundie reviews the constitutional provisions that determine when the next federal, state and territory...
While the calling of an election is partly a matter of political judgement and timing, a constitutional and legislative framework governs the electoral timetables and processes. Rob Lundie outlines the factors governing the dates of the next elections in each state and federally.