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Voting with an 'unsound mind'? A comparative study of the voting rights of persons with mental disabilities

Trevor Ryan, Andrew Henderson, Wendy Bonython,

Academic Literature

2016

While Australia has a system of voting that is broadly inclusionary, there are some notable exceptions – minors and some convicted criminals are excluded, for example. While the political participation of these excluded groups sometimes attracts attention in the media, there is another group that has been even more marginalised. This group is persons with mental disability or, more precisely, with actual or assumed impaired decision-making capacity resulting from chronic or acute mental illness, dementia, intellectual disability or brain injury. This appears to be changing as individual nations (including Australia) assess their compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This article seeks to contribute to this reform momentum.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : UNSW Law Journal

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation

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