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Efforts to improve democratic participation by Australia’s youngest Senator recognised with International award

Australian Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John has been awarded One Young World’s Politician of the Year. Senator Steele-John was the only Australian shortlisted for the award.

Jordon was nominated for the award, for crowdsourcing his first speech to the Australian Senate and the active approach he has taken to include people who are often shut out of Parliament, young people and disabled people, in the parliamentary process.

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Lowering the voting age: Overwhelming majority agree young people's voices should be heard in our democracy

 

 

Thursday, 6 September

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters will hold its first hearing today in Melbourne on Australian Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John’s proposal to lower the voting age to 16 and increase democratic participation.

Today’s committee hearing in Melbourne will not be quorate, as the Government has not sent any of its members, meeting instead as a sub-committee.

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Senator Steele-John kicks off historic debate on bill to lower the voting age to 16

Thursday, 21st June 2018

Australian Greens Youth spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has delivered his second reading speech on the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lower the Voting Age and Improve Democratic Participation) Bill 2018.

Senator Steele-John's speech will kick off debate on the issue of whether 16 and 17 year olds have a right to vote for the first time in Australian history.

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