Securing Meaningful Indigenous Voice in Elections: Challenges and Prospects

Seminar/Forum

Securing Meaningful Indigenous Voice in Elections: Challenges and Prospects

Room 608, Level 6
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street

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In 2016, 649,173 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were counted in the national census. This is estimated to be 3.3% of the Australian population. Representative democracies have long-struggled with how to make minorities matter in electoral processes that are premised upon majoritarian, aggregative forms of political decision-making. But for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders this minority status has more complex and substantiative character due to geography, age demographics and our foundational role in the making of this nation. In all, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are less likely to be enrolled to vote and less likely to turn out. It turns out that making 3% count in a representative democracy is exceptionally difficult indeed.

The panel will explore the kinds of problems and problematisations this should raise for understandings of Indigenous Australian political engagement.

Light refreshments will be provided from 12.30pm.

Presenters

  • Mr Warwick Gately
    Mr Warwick Gately, Victorian Electoral Commissioner
  • Mr Eddie Cubillo
    Mr Eddie Cubillo, Senior Indigenous Fellow
  • Dr Sana Nakata
    Dr Sana Nakata, Co-Director, Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration and Lecturer in Political Science