Ban on prisoners voting inconsistent with Bill of Rights
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Ban on prisoners voting inconsistent with Bill of Rights

October 15, 2019


The High Court’s ruling
that a ban on prisoners voting is inconsistent with
the Bill of Rights has been upheld. But it won’t change the law. In 2015 notorious jailhouse lawyer
Arthur Taylor successfully challenged
a 2010 law change to prevent sentenced prisoners
voting, with the High Court issuing
a declaration of inconsistency. The Crown took
the High Court’s ruling all the way to the Supreme Court, which has today dismissed
the appeal. While the declaration says the law is inconsistent
with the Bill of Rights, the court can’t force Parliament
to reconsider.

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