Federal Voter ID Laws

The federal government has recently announced the intention to enact new voter ID requirements for federal elections. This proposal raises issues of constitutionality and broader democratic policy. Do laws of this kind promote electoral integrity, or ultimately undermine it? Are they consistent with our system of compulsory voting? And do they advance principles of equality, or are they racially discriminatory in effect? In this online seminar, organised jointly by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law (UNSW) and the Electoral Regulation Research Network (ERRN), we discuss these and other issues relating to the proposed laws, drawing on a range of perspectives, including recent Queensland and overseas experience. The seminar will feature discussion with Professor Rosalind Dixon, Alice Drury, Dani Larkin and Professor Graeme Orr, and be chaired by Dr Paul Kildea.