AQ: Australian Quarterly

Young People, Political Knowledge and the Future of Australian Democracy


1 York, B. 2016 ‘Lowering the voting age: 43 years on', Museum of Australian Democracy, available online:, accessed 19 October 2018.

2 Cited in Ibid.

3 Chou, M. and Pruitt, L. 2018 ‘Let's give 16-year-olds the right to vote – they're more than ready', Australian Broadcasti­ng Corporatio­n, 18 September, available online:­s-should-havethe-right-to-vote/10241852, accessed 19 September 2018.

4 Ibid.

5 Mcallister, I. 2014 ‘ The politics of lowering the voting age in Australia: Evaluating the evidence', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 68-83.

6 Mycock, A. and Tonge, J. 2018 ‘ Votes for 16-year-olds should be based on wider evidence, not just a need for participat­ion', The Conversati­on, 2 February, available online: https://theconvers­­nce-not-just-a-need-for-participat­ion-90898, accessed 19 September 2018.

7 Barnes, T. 2016 ‘Giving 16-year-olds the vote would be an insult to democracy', Australian Broadcsati­ng Corporatio­n, 17 February, available online:, accessed 19 October 2018.

8 Lum, P. 2018 ‘Lowering Australia's voting age would give voice to youth but risks politicisi­ng them, senators told', The Guardian, 29 September, available online: https://www.theguardia­n. com/australia-news/2018/sep/29/lowering-australias-votingage-would-give-voice-to-youth-but-risks-politicisi­ng-themsenato­rs-told, accessed 19 October 2018.

9 Barnes, T. 2016.

10 Laughland-booÿ, J, Skrbiš, Z and Ghazarian, Z 2018, ‘ The voting strategies of young people: A conceptual framework', Australian Journal of Political Science, 53(2), pp.143–159.

11 Civics Expert Group 1994 Whereas the People… civics and Citizenshi­p Education, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.

12 Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority 2012 The Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenshi­p, ACARA, Sydney.

13 Fraillon, J., Gebhardt, E., Nixon, J., Ockwell, L., Friedman, T., Robins, M., Mcandrew, M. 2017 NAP Sample Assessment: Civics and Citizenshi­p Report Years 6 and 10, 2016, ACARA, Sydney, p.20.

14 Ibid, p. xv, xvii.

15 Delli Carpini, M.X. 2000 ‘In search of the informed citizen: What Americans know about politics and why it matters', The Communicat­ion Review, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 129-64. 16

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