A quiet attack on our democracy is happening in Queensland and it’s up to us to sound the alarm.
Right now Queensland MPs are considering a bill proposed by Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie that would change the face of democracy in Queensland. If the bill becomes law, our system will become murky, corrupt and strongly favour the LNP for years to come.
The changes would mean all Queenslanders would be required to show ID when they vote. In theory, this doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. But in practice, it’s a different story.
The changes will stop people voting, and they’ll disproportionately affect the elderly, young, Indigenous Australians, those living with a disability, those experiencing homelessness and those who live in remote communities or even those who just move house frequently.
The Queensland Attorney-General claims that the changes are to address voter impersonation. But this year his own department stated:
“…there is no specific evidence of electoral fraud in this area, introduction of proof of identity requirements could be considered a disproportionate response.” 1
If he’s acting against his own department’s advice, you have to wonder what his real motives are.
Although they will be voted on in a few weeks, right now most Queenslanders don’t even know these laws are being considered. That’s why we want Queenslanders to hear about what’s going on, and it’ll be most effective if they hear from the people the laws will hit hardest.
If you are someone who would be affected by these laws, or know someone who is, we would love to hear from you. Simply reply to this email and let us know.
It’s a familiar story. Barriers to voting. Silencing people less likely to vote conservative. It’s an assault on the fairness and freedom of our democracy that no one knows is happening.
We’ve seen this before. In 2006, the Howard Government introduced laws that prevented an estimated 150,000 Australians from voting. In the end, GetUp members took the laws to the High Court and had them declared unconstitutional.
It’s a fight that’s too important not to have.
Sam, for the GetUp team