Can­berra talks to see if vot­ing age low­ered

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

A PUSH by the Greens to lower the vot­ing age in fed­eral elec­tions will be heard at Par­lia­ment House in Can­berra to­day.

The Joint Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Elec­toral Mat­ters is hold­ing a pub­lic hear­ing into the Com­mon­wealth Elec­toral Amend­ment (Low­er­ing Vot­ing Age and In­creas­ing Voter Par­tic­i­pa­tion) Bill 2018.

The pass­ing of this Bill as pro­posed by the Greens would ex­tend the fran­chise to 16 and 17 year-olds on a vol­un­tary ba­sis, al­low en­rol­ment for 14 and 15 year-olds, and per­mit a pro­vi­sional vote on elec­tion day for un­en­rolled cit­i­zens.

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