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Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Improving Democratic Participation) Bill 2018

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Improving Democratic Participation) Bill 2018

JSJ – Second Reading Speech

For far too long, politics has failed to properly represent young people or the issues they care about.

There are many within this place, and beyond, who think young people don’t care about our world or haven’t earned the right to participate in our society, from a perceived lack of life experience or maturity.

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Telstra cuts show why public services must stay in public hands for public good; Greens

Wednesday, 20th June 2018

After a week of national service outages, Telstra have announced they will be cutting a quarter of their Australian workforce in a bid to improve customer service, a move labelled by the Greens as “nonsense”.

Australian Greens Telecommunications spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said today’s announcement from Telstra was the inevitable result of the company’s privatisation over the last two decades.

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Australia's youngest Senator will introduce bill today to Lower Voting Age to 16

Australia’s youngest ever Senator, Jordon Steele-john, will today introduce an historic piece of legislation to lower the voting age to 16 and improve democratic engagement calling it an ‘opportunity for his generation to be heard.’

“16 and 17 year olds can legally work full-time and pay taxes, own and drive a car contributing to the maintenance of our roads and transport infrastructure, have sex and make medical decisions about their bodies, yet they can’t vote!” Senator Steele-john said.

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Australia's online privacy must be legislated in the wake of Facebook data scandals; Greens

Thursday, 7th June 2018

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has called on Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor to detail how the government’s planned cyber security legislation will bypass end-to-end encryption without compromising the security of that encrypted data.

Senator Steele-John said he was concerned the proposed legislation would simply obligate companies to handover the contents of encrypted data, absolving the government of any hand in compromising that data.

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Government still can't explain how they plan to bypass encryption without compromising our online information; Greens

Wednesday, 6th June 2018

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has called on Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor to detail how the government’s planned cyber security legislation will bypass end-to-end encryption without compromising the security of that encrypted data.

Senator Steele-John said he was concerned the proposed legislation would simply obligate companies to handover the contents of encrypted data, absolving the government of any hand in compromising that data.

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Deloitte youth survey evidence we need to lower the voting age to 16 and increase democratic participation: Greens

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Australian Greens Youth Affairs spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has pointed to the results of a Deloitte survey released today, which show young people’s faith in politics is at an all-time-low, as evidence we must lower the voting age to 16 in Australia.

“Politics doesn't hear young people, and doesn't value young people, because the old parties don't have to rely on them as a constituency, and therefore don't care about their issues or their future. It is absolutely shameful," Senator Steele-John said.

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Australia must respond to 'State of Digital Rights' report and acknowledge human rights breaches online: Greens

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has backed calls for an immediate overhaul of digital rights protections in Australia in the face of eroding online privacy and the rise of surveillance capitalism, following the release of Digital Rights Watch’ ‘The State of Digital Rights’ report.

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Voices of 600,000 young people being ignored by Labor Party and Government

Monday, 30 April 2018

Australian Greens Youth spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has slammed Bill Shorten and the Labor party for failing to respond to calls to lower the voting age to 16 in Australia and for failing to acknowledge young people are not being heard in our democracy.

Senator Steele-John said today this was yet another classic example of the political establishment ignoring the voice of young people when they are asking to be heard, and was exactly the problem with our political system today.

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Full and adequate funding for the NDIS must be guaranteed: Greens

Friday, 27 April

Australian Greens Disability Rights Spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said today he was deeply concerned about the ongoing uncertainty of funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, given the government was still trying to deliver $65 billion worth of company tax cuts.

“Funding for the NDIS should be an absolute priority for this and any future government; we are talking about the full realisation of the human rights of disabled people in Australia not a political football to be tossed round to try and win votes!

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