Teen faces big decision

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

VOT­ING for some can be quite daunt­ing and many 18-year-old Queens­lan­ders will be lin­ing up to vote for the first time at the up­com­ing state elec­tion.

Camp­bell New­man has called an early elec­tion and many 18-year-olds have not even thought about reg­is­ter­ing to vote.

One young Mun­dub­bera man, Jack West-Combo, did not know where or how to reg­is­ter and was not sure who would be the best can­di­date in his elec­torate of Cal­lide.

“I re­ally don’t know about pol­i­tics and the whole thing is very con­fus­ing,” Mr West-Combo said.

“I have never voted be­fore so this will be a new ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The call­ing of the elec­tion has taken most peo­ple by sur­prise and all vot­ers have to be regis­tered by Satur­day, Jan­uary 10, for the com­pul­sory vote.

“I think that vot­ing should be com­pul­sory as I think that we as Aus­tralians are part of the same team and we should work to­gether,” MrWest-Combo said.

“I don’t know who to vote for so I will take ad­vice from my mother.

“The whole fam­ily al­ways votes for the same mob. I just don’t know which one that is.”

MrWest-Combo and his fam­ily mem­bers have lived in Mun­dub­bera for almost 10 years and they look to the gov­ern­ment for job se­cu­rity, good health care and ed­u­ca­tion.

“I am work­ing on the farms at the mo­ment pick­ing grapes and next week I hope to be thin­ning cit­rus,” MrWest-Combo said.

“I would love to have a full-time job that had some per­ma­nence and I didn’t have to worry all the time about find­ing a new job do­ing dif­fer­ent things.

“But that is what life is all about for me liv­ing in Mun­dub­bera.”

For the youth of the North Bur­nett the re­sult of vot­ing for the first time will be im­por­tant for their next three years.

❝ Jack West-Combo I don’t know who to vote for so I will take ad­vice from my mother.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

FIRST-TIME VOTER: Jack West-Combo will be vot­ing for the first time and will look to his fam­ily for ad­vice.

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