Electoral systems


APO NT Submission to the Inquiry into the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Ensuring Fair Representation of the Northern Territory) Bill 2020

In this submission, Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APO NT) expresses their concern that the Northern Territory needs to be further included in government relations such as voter engagement, more accurate census data, and a significant presence in the House of Representatives.
Discussion paper

Comes with the territory

Bill Browne argues in this discussion paper that a straightforward way to ensure the Northern Territory has two House of Representatives seats is to increase the overall size of the House. He suggests that an increase of about 50% in the number of parliamentarians would...

Alternative electoral systems for the House of Assembly

This report reviews the benefits and consequences of several electoral systems and how they may function in South Australia.

Inquiry into civics and electoral participation in Victorian state parliamentary elections

In the state of Victoria, there is a role for both the education system and for the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) in the teaching and awareness of civics. The committee believes that civics and a lack of public understanding about the way our democracy works...
Blog post

NSW moves to automatic electoral enrolment

NSW moves to automatic electoral enrolment - and the Commonwealth should follow suit, writes Antony Green.
Journal article

Women's representation and electoral system reform in Papua New Guinea: the limitations of limited preferential voting

For those who had hoped women's representation would increase following the electoral system change, results have been disappointing. Women's representation since the advent of LPV has followed the inconsistent pattern of previous elections, with small gains offset by significant setbacks.

Making it count: lessons from Australian electoral assistance 2006-16

This Office of Development Effectiveness evaluation examined the effectiveness, inclusiveness and efficiency of Australian electoral assistance to major national elections in eight countries between 2006 and 2016: Afghanistan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga.

Freedom of speech and political communication in Australia

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.
Briefing paper

Recent developments in NSW electoral law

This e-brief provides an overview of recent developments in electoral law reform in NSW.

Sprucing up the horse and buggy

New recommendations for electoral reform are a step in the right direction, but the pace continues to be slow, writes Peter Brent on our partner website, INSIDE STORY