You’ve got to love Australian election lawyers

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Whoever wrote Section 245(1) of the 1918 Commonwealth Electoral Act, I salute you.

Not only did you add in a provision that the legal obligation to vote in Australian elections does not apply to people who are not qualified to vote, you also added in a provision that being dead is a legally acceptable reason not to vote.

A triumph of legal generosity.

And now, excuse me whilst I go and read Part XVII, “Special Provisions Relating To The Polling In Antarctica”. (I want to find out how to become an Assistant Antarctic Returning Officer.)

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