Mr. Hoon took note of declining public participation in UK elections. He proposed imitating the Australian law under which any person, not under legal disqualification, who fails to vote is liable to be fined. Mr Hoon admitted that his idea appeared âauthoritarianâ. He said: âThat is an obvious criticism that has been made. But on the other hand we do require people to do all sorts of things by legislation such as using seatbelts. My concern is that if turnout continues to fall requiring people to vote in a democratic election every four or five years does not seem to me to be a major attack on peopleâs civil liberties. âGenerations of people have regarded voting as a duty. My Mum and Dad have never, ever, missed a vote. They regard it as something you do. That generation is being replaced by people who, even in their forties, have never voted. They say âI donât voteâ as if they are proud of it. We have to find ways of changing that attitude.â Hoon to push for compulsory voting by Philip Webster 8 October 2005 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,17129-1816236,00.html Don't touch that dial! Coming up next: Compulsory spontaneous public rallies in support of the government.