Judith Brett - From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage

Thursday 14 March 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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ticket $10.00, ticket + book (save $5.00) $35.00
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ABC Radio National's Paul Barclay is in-conversation with Judith Brett discussing From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting.

It’s compulsory to vote in Australia.

We are one of a handful of countries in the world that enforce this rule at election time, and the only English-speaking country that makes its citizens vote.

Not only that, we embrace it. We celebrate compulsory voting with barbeques and cake stalls at polling stations, and election parties that spill over into Sunday morning.

But how did this come to be? When and why did we begin making Australians vote? What effect has it had on our political parties, our voting systems, our participation in elections? And how else is the way we vote different from other English-speaking democracies?

From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage is a brilliant essay-length book by the celebrated historian Judith Brett, the prize-winning biographer of Alfred Deakin. This is a landmark account of the character of Australian democracy.

Judith Brett is the author of Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People and is Emeritus Professor of Politics at La Trobe University. The Enigmatic Mr Deakin won the 2018 National Biography Award, and was shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, NSW Premier’s History Awards and Queensland Literary Awards.

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