In an historic decision, the legislation which had allowed the early close of the electoral rolls and so denied over 100,000 Australians the right to vote, has been struck down by the High Court has. The decision is a landmark victory for representative democracy, political participation and accountable government.
The challenge to the early close of the rolls was jointly conceived and coordinated by the Human Rights Law Resource Centre and GetUp!.
As a result of this case, a new constitutional principle has been created that has widened our democratic rights and 100,000 Australians will be able to vote this election who wouldn't otherwise have had the chance. This summary provides details of this successful case. The decision of the court is yet to be published, however, here is a copy of the Court’s Order in Rowe & Another v Electoral Commissioner and Another.
Here are links to two media reports outlining this decision: