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Equality and Australian Democracy

Sawer, Marian; Brent, Peter


The principle of political equality, the idea that every person should count for one and no person for more than one, is central to democracy. It inspired the movements for democratic reform in 19th century Australia and the struggle for the vote. Reformers wanted to replace the political privileges of property with the rights of the people. They were heavily influenced by both Chartist and Benthamite ideas, and these were to shape our electoral institutions from the middle of the 19th century....[Show more]

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Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: Democratic Audit Discussion Papers


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