What we have created is precious and needs to be protected and enhanced. A federal ICAC with teeth, real-time donations reform and fixed election dates for Federal Parliament would again make Australia a world leader in electoral processes. Freedom House gives Australia a rating of 97/100 on its Global Freedom Index (right up there with Canada and Norway). The US is rated 86.
Kimberly Cornell, Heathmont
Scrapping compulsory voting would help
Peter Hartcher says Australian democracy needs reforms but proudly states compulsory voting is an Australian innovation rare among nations, ‘‘instituted’’ as a result of politicians and public servants, and ‘‘developed through debate and democratic evolution’’. My version is: the…