Labor will look at dropping voting age to 16, says Bill Shorten

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Bill Shorten says Labor will consider lowering the voting age if it wins the next election. Photo: Michelle SmithBill Shorten wants 16-year-olds to vote, but do they?
Nanjing Night Net

They can serve in the army, get a gun licence, drive a car, fly a plane and even leave home, but there’s one thing no 16 or 17-year-old in Australia can do – yet – and that’s vote in a federal election.

But Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wants that to change that and in a speech on Saturday to a young Labor Party conference in Sydney, he will outline a plan to enfranchise an estimated half a million voters if the ALP is elected.

The ambitious proposal is designed to galvanise interest in politics among younger Australians and comes as 400,000 Australians aged 18-24 did not enrol to vote between 2010 and 2013.

In the speech, Mr Shorten will promise that Senator Sam Dastyari, the shadow parliamentary secretary for youth, will consult with community leader and young Australians across the country on the proposal and report back to him on whether the voting age should be lowered to 17 or 16.

Mr Shorten points out that 17,000 Australians aged 16 or 17 paid more than $41 million in income tax in 2012-13.

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