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Conscience Votes in Australia: Deliberation and Representation

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Ross, K and Dodds, S and Ankeny, RA, Conscience Votes in Australia: Deliberation and Representation, Big Picture Bioethics: Developing Democratic Policy in Contested Domains, Springer International Publishing, S Dodds and RA Ankeny (ed), Switzerland, pp. 37-58. ISBN 9783319322391 (2016) [Revised Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2016 Springer International Publishing Switzerland

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-32240-7_4

Abstract

In Australia, members of a political party are expected to vote as a block on the instructions of their party. Occasionally a ‘conscience vote’ (or ‘free vote’) is allowed, which releases parliamentarians from the obligation to maintain party discipline and permits them to vote according to their ‘conscience.’ In recent years Australia has had a number of conscience votes in federal Parliament, many of which have focused on bioethical issues (e.g., euthanasia, abortion, RU486, and embryonic/stem cell research and cloning). This paper examines the use of conscience votes in six key case studies in these contested areas of policy-making, with particular attention to their implications for promoting democratic values and the significance of women’s Parliamentary participation.

Item Details

Item Type:Revised Book Chapter
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Bioethics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Dodds, S (Professor Susan Dodds)
ID Code:111829
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2016-10-10
Last Modified:2017-08-31
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