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Australian federal election: Why does every vote matter?

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Published 18 May 2022 at 7:08pm
By Lera Shvets
Source: SBS

The sixth and final episode of the “Every Vote Matters” series deals with the most popular questions about federal elections with the most important being — why in fact every vote does matter.


Published 18 May 2022 at 7:08pm
By Lera Shvets
Source: SBS


In the final episode of the series "Australian Elections: Every Vote Matters" we try to answer voters’ most popular questions. How to deal with the constant flow of disinformation? Why is the preferential system more transparent than the others? What are the advantages of mandatory voting?

Dr. Anastasia Burkovskaya is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Economics and Director of Undergraduate Economics at the University of Sydney. Dr Burkovskaya explained how the preferential system encourages to vote not just for big parties.

Dr. Gennady Kazakevitch is an economist at Monash University and a regular expert on economics for SBS Russian. Dr Kazakevitch gave a personal example of how even one postal vote can change the outcome of an election.

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