Enhancing Democracy: A Human Rights-Based Approach to Electoral Reform

On 3 December 2009, the Centre made a Submission in response to the Australian Government's Green Paper on electoral reform. The submission argues that Australia's electoral system should reflect and implement Australia’s international human rights obligations, in particular by protecting and promoting the right to vote, freedom of expression, the right to participate in public affairs and the right to equality and non-discrimination.  This approach will both strengthen Australia’s democratic institutions and culture and enhance our international and regional standing in regard to human rights.

Download the HRLC submission here.