both amery and brogden wrong – prisoners should be able to vote like everyone else

Tuesday, 11 March 2003 NSWCCL media release: 6/2003


NSW Council for Civil Liberties president, Mr Cameron Murphy criticised the ALP and the Opposition for their comments on voting rights for prisoners. 

Mr Murphy said: 

“This morning, the Opposition accused the Government of wanting to extend voting rights to prisoners.” 

“And right on cue, the Government said it had no plans to allow prisoners serving a sentence of more than a year to vote.” 

“The Government raced out to rule out the measure.” 

“Today, I urge both political parties to re-consider.” 

“Prisoners should have the right to vote like everyone else.” 

“Allowing prisoners to vote can be a form of rehabilitation in itself.”

For further information contact: 

Cameron Murphy -- NSWCCL, President on 0411-769-769