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The law of politics : elections, parties and money in Australia / Graeme Orr ; foreword by Colin A Hughes
Bib ID 4934239
Format BookBook
Author
Orr, Graeme
 
Description Annandale, N.S.W. : Federation Press, 2010 
xxviii, 292 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9781862878037
Summary

This book is the first dedicated monograph on the law on democratic politics in Australia. It synthesises the law on elections, with a central focus on political parties, parliamentary elections and referenda at Federal and State levels. It unearths the rules that apply to elections and referenda, campaigning and political broadcasting, and political parties and money. It explains them in their political context and, while it draws on some local government case law, its focus is parliamentary politics. The longest chapter of the book is devoted to the role of courts in overseeing elections, particularly the jurisdiction of petitioning or challenging election outcomes. Orr uses all five sources of electoral law, its development, expression and interpretation, in Australia: constitutions; courts and tribunals; legislation; parliamentary committees; and electoral commissions. He documents the extraordinary detail of the legislation (there has to be a pencil in each electoral booth!) and the array of obscure cases the law has given rise to.

Full contents
  • 1. Defining the Law of Politics: Values, Games and Rituals
  • 2. Mapping Parliaments and Weighting Votes
  • 3. The Franchise
  • 4. Enrolment and the Roll
  • 5. Initiating an Election
  • 6. Political Party Regulation
  • 7. Campaigning
  • 8. Political Broadcasting
  • 9. How We Vote
  • 10. Judging Elections: The Role of the Courts in Electoral Practice
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Election law -- Australia.  |  Voting -- Australia.  |  Australia -- Politics and government.
Available From PO Box 45, Annandale NSW 2038 

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