Australian citizens should demand the right to vote voluntarily on every issue via the internet or phone.

By Andrew Mackinnon

In 2021, there is no need to have “elected representatives” in federal government, state and territorial governments and local governments in Australia deciding every issue on behalf of Australian citizens.

This system of “representative democracy” has proved time and time and time again to be a disastrous system of government which consistently ignores the majority will of Australian citizens on a disturbingly large number of issues.

All Australian citizens should be issued with an identity card showing their:

> citizen number

> photo

> full name

> date of birth

> address


This identity card should show no other data and should contain no other data of any description, such as electronically-stored data or biometric data.

Every Australian citizen aged 18 years and over should be able to vote voluntarily via the internet or via phone on every issue that our “elected representatives” currently decide on our behalf.

Every Australian citizen who votes on any given issue should receive email confirmation of the manner in which they voted on that issue, which includes their citizen number, name and the manner in which they voted on that issue.

The only way to prevent errors and fraud from interfering with the accuracy of the vote count on every issue and thereby ensure the accuracy of the vote count on every issue is to publish the results of the vote count on every issue on the internet, showing only the citizen number and manner of voting of every Australian citizen who voted, typically being a response of “Yes” or “No” to the issue being voted on.

This provides every Australian citizen who voted with an opportunity to check to see that the manner in which they voted has been correctly recorded.

Australian citizens who voted on any given issue should have fourteen days from the time of the publishing of the results of the vote count on that issue to check that the manner in which they voted on that issue has been correctly recorded.

If any Australian citizens discovers that the manner in which they voted has not been correctly recorded on any given issue, they can contact the relevant Australian government department which oversees the voting to notify that government department that the manner in which they voted on that issue has not been correctly recorded. They can provide that government department with the email confirmation they received after voting as evidence of this error and as evidence of the actual manner in which they voted on that issue. Faced with this evidence, that government department should amend the vote count to correct this error and to reflect the actual manner in which they voted on that issue.

Publishing the results of the vote count on every issue on the internet also provides every Australian citizen with an opportunity to check that the total vote count for both sides of any given issue has been calculated correctly by downloading the results of the vote count on that issue to their computer and using a spreadsheet application or a database application to perform this check.

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