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Public Sector Informant: Mature, democratic ACT is on a quest for electoral justice with push for territory rights

By Kim Rubenstein
August 2 2021 - 2:00pm
Liberal MLA Giulia Jones, Labor MLA Tara Cheyne and Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury speak at The Australia Institute/The Canberra Times forum on territory rights last month. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

"Listening" to the women of the 1890s, the first women with an electoral voice in Australia, hails as a guide as we consider the quality of representative democracy in our federation, further strained by the Covid emergency. For Canberra residents, the historic suffragette calls have a revived urgency as the debate focuses on the extent of the Australian Capital Territory's democracy given that the federal Parliament lies across its path with an ever-present power of override - an issue highlighted with the launch of The Canberra Times' "Our Right to Decide" campaign.

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