The commentary explains why Roach v Electoral Commissioner is one of the most significant cases in recent Australian constitutional history. The case examined amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 made in 2006 that disqualified any prisoner serving a current sentence from voting in federal elections. A majority of the High Court struck down the change but upheld an earlier amendment that disqualified only prisoners serving sentences of three years or more from voting. The majority held that ss 7 and 24 of the Australian Constitution have come to be a constitutional protection of the right to vote, but this right is subject to exceptions (such as prisoners serving substantial sentences).
|Title of host publication||Indigenous Legal Judgments: Bringing Indigenous Voices into Judicial Decision-Making|
|Editors||Nicole Watson, Heather Douglas|
|Chapter||14: Subsection 1|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|