This stamp issue commemorates a century of compulsory enrollment to vote in Australian federal elections. In 1912, Australia became the first Commonwealth nation to introduce compulsory enrolment. The introduction of compulsory voting in 1924 established a unique model of democracy that now gives all Australian citizens 18 years and older both the right and obligation to enrol and to vote in federal elections. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of legislation that gave Indigenous Australians the right to vote in federal elections. This change allowed Indigenous Australians to participate in the historic 1967 referendum. Today there are more than 14 million registered voters.
Technical details Issue date: 27 March 2012 Issue withdrawal date: tba FDI withdrawal date: 30 September 2012 Denominations: 1 x 60c Stamp illustrator: Gary Domoney, Visua Product design: John White Printer: McKellar Renown Paper – gummed: Tullis Russell Printing process: Lithography Stamp size: 26mm x 37.5mm Perforations: 14.6 x 13.86 Sheet layout: Sheetlet of 10 National postmark: Canberra, ACT 2600