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Lower the voting age to 16

I support lowering the voting age to 16 so that young people can have a fair say on how our country is run. I call on the Parliament of Australia to:

  • Investigate the benefits of lowering the voting age to 16
  • Allow non-compulsory voting for 16-18 year olds
  • Allow 14-16 year olds to enrol to vote
  • Pass laws to allow younger members of our society to have an equal vote

Sign the petition

“I’m only 17, but I’m already taking action for the environment and in my community. I read the news and care about politics, but I’m shut out from our political system because I’m not old enough to vote. Voting is really important in determining our future” – Hayley Charlton-Howard, 17, Mentone

I’m only 17, but I’m already taking action for the environment and in my community. I read the news and care about politics, but I’m shut out from our political system because I’m not old enough to vote.

Young people are most impacted by government decisions because we’ll have to deal with the consequences for the longest. Decisions to delay action on climate change put our future at risk, just as economic decisions made today will affect us when we’re older. But we have the least say in how our nation is run!

Because young people aren’t represented on the electoral roll, politicians can ignore us and make decisions that only benefit older generations.  Young people are more engaged in politics than ever before, yet 16 and 17 olds are still shut out of the political system.

The youngest ever Senator – 23-year-old Jordon Steele-John – is about to introduce a Bill into federal Parliament to lower the voting age.*

Sign the petition to send a message to our political leaders that young people like me should have as much say as everyone else!

*https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/australia-lower-voting-age-16-greens-senator-jordon-steele-john/

– Hayley, 17, Victoria