The obvservation on today's show that fines apply in Australia for not voting are not strictly correct. The fine (around $25) is for not attending the polling booth, and is rarely implemented. Once there, one is free to write anything on the ballot paper, rather than actually vote... and many do!
It's a distinction I feel is important, it encourages participation rather than forces it.
As an Aussie living in your country, what a great country it is! And then there's the tea-baggers? I'm afraid to say they would be laughed out of town down under. And I'm ashamed to say that an Aussie has been complicit in their beginnings... Rupert Murdoch, the Dirty Digger! I can't understand why the left doesn't point this out to those Xenephobes!