Feb 1, 2018

Marriage equality pushes Australia up in democracy world rankings

Australia has moved up several places in The Economist's Global Democracy Index amid a tumultuous year for the region's powers.

Alan Austin — Freelance journalist

Alan Austin

Freelance journalist

Democracy went backwards across the world in 2017, but advanced in Australia. This appears attributable to the successful democratic rejection of the old marriage laws.

The Economist Intelligence Unit revealed yesterday that Australia has moved to eighth place on its Global Democracy Index, up from tenth last year.

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3 thoughts on “Marriage equality pushes Australia up in democracy world rankings

  1. Xoanon

    But our major party politicians are virtually owned by corporate donors, and still in thrall to neoliberal economic policies which voters loathe. Also, no bill of rights. Not as democratic as we should be.

    1. Alan Austin

      Correct, Xoanon. Nor as democratic as you were. But getting better:
      “Australia’s overall score is back to 9.09, exactly where it was in 2006 when the Index began. It rose from 9.09 in 2008 to peak at 9.22 in 2010 where it stayed for three years, before a dip in 2013 to 9.13. The Abbott years plumbed the depths, down to 9.01 for the three years 2014 to 2016.”

  2. AR

    No wonder some people are Lennonists, “keep you drugged with religion, sex & TV”.
    Too many people are too close to managing to boil the baby in the bathwater in the hope of it not being noticed.

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