Australia pioneered the secret ballot as a cornerstone of democracy. But while the secret ballot is enshrined in ALP rules, factions insist that their delegates hand over or show their voting papers to ensure they follow the factional line.
In this Open Labor debate, Janet McCalman and Peter Fitzgerald argue that this practice violates the democratic principles and integrity of the ALP and should be abolished as part of the Administrators’ reform recommendations. But Peter Holding argues that in some cases open ballots play a useful role in ensuring voters get the outcomes they want.
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