And for the record, I absolutely support compulsory voting (which makes me part of the 70 percent of Australians who do). I know the arguments for and against it, but simply put, Politicians simply can't afford to overlook any electorate or locality because every adult is a potential voter so everyone is represented. I've mostly come across criticism of this from Americans, very rarely from other Australians. I think that might be a matter of cultural difference, after all, every Australian is taught and brought up to vote, and I doubt many Australians think there is anything unusual with this.
And I do like compulsory voting here, even if Julie Bishop who wrote this column isn't that keen.
----- What does Australia have in common with Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Ecuador, Fiji and Greece? How about Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nauru, Peru, Singapore, Turkey and Uruguay?
According to the Australian Electoral Commission, these are the nations that, along with Australia, have compulsory voting in national parliamentary elections and enforce it through fines, sanctions and other penalties.