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