This chapter explores why attempts to kindle debate on compulsory voting in Australia have been largely fruitless. The answer can be found in a number of contributing factors: that compulsory voting is compatible with the national political temperament; that it is buttressed by path dependency; that while there have been spikes of dissent about the practice in the Liberal Party (especially from the 1980s to the first decade of the twenty-first century) that opposition never attained a majority position on the right-of-centre side of politics; that the critics of compulsory voting have been reliant on abstract arguments in contrast to its readily demonstrable benefits (namely, the consistently high voter turnout); that the way in which compulsory voting has been enforced by authorities has been generally lenient; and, most importantly, that compulsory voting has enjoyed sustained and widespread public support.
|Title of host publication||A Century of Compulsory Voting in Australia|
|Subtitle of host publication||Genesis, Impact and Future|
|Editors||Paul Strangio, Matteo Bonotti|
|Place of Publication||Gateway East, Singapore|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|