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Second Reading Speeches

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Increasing Voter Participation) Bill 2018

Type
Private
Sponsor(s)
STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon
Originating house
Senate
Status
Before Senate
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
and
Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
to: lower the minimum (non-compulsory) voting age in Australian federal elections and referenda from 18 to 16 years; allow 14 and 15 year olds to be added to the electoral roll in preparation for their eligibility to vote at 16 years of age; provide for 16 and 17 year olds to be included in the certified list of voters (but not to be given a penalty notice if they do not vote); and provide that an eligible voter, who is not yet on the electoral roll or enrolled at their correct address, is able to cast a provisional vote on election day.