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Australia continues to enjoy voter turnout levels that are the envy of voluntary-voting regimes the world over. AAP/Lukas Coch

Election explainer: why do I have to vote, anyway?

The majority of Australians approve of compulsory voting – and have done so for decades. The nay-sayers continue to be a minority.
The best way to ensure your vote contributes as much as it can to the election of senators is to number as many squares as you can. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Election explainer: how does the Senate count work?

Following the Turnbull government’s recent changes, Australia has new rules for electing senators. How will they work in practise?
Malcolm Turnbull appears to have built his government’s electoral strategy on contesting a double-dissolution election. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Explainer: the road to a July 2 double-dissolution election

Australia’s 44th parliament may be coming to an end, but there will be plenty of political action before the 45th can start.
The government argues its industrial relations bills are necessary to deal with widespread corruption uncovered by the trade union royal commission. AAP/Joel Carrett

Explainer: what are the ABCC and Registered Organisations bills?

To what extent would the ABCC and Registered Organisations bills actually deal with union corruption or criminality if passed?

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