Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

Enfranchising Non-Citizens?

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-04-15

I had to pipe up in disagreement to "Three arguments in favour of non-citizen voting rights" (2009-04-15) by Susan Giblin at OnLineOpinion.

If you accept Susan’s arguments (particularly taxability qualifying for enfranchisement), then non-real-persons (companies) could be eligible too: but do we really want all the tax-paying-by-proxy shareholders of Optus or Rio getting a vote?

Besides, as I argue in a comment, if a foreigner really wants to have an influence on Oz political policy, that foreigner can write in a submission to the senate (or departmental) inquiry that interests them.

So… has the (Irish, married to an Australian) author been interested enough in the direction of governments in Australia to make a submission on anything?  I don’t know, but a lecturer in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds should probably have expertise and strong opinions that were relevant to at least one inquiry over the last 12 months or so.


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