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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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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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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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Connect Youth Forum

For Youth Week in 2018, Senator Jordon Steele-John and NZ MP Chloe Swarbrick are hosting Connect - A forum for young people to come together, share their ideas and develop their skills.


This event is free for participants.

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