The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is holding further public hearings into the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Increasing Voter Participation) Bill 2018. This Bill as proposed by the Greens would extend the franchise to 16 and 17 year-olds on a voluntary basis, allow enrolment for 14 and 15 year-olds, and permit a provisional vote on election day for unenrolled citizens.
Chair of the Committee, Senator the Hon. James McGrath said that given the evidence from the initial hearing, held in September in Melbourne, the Committee was interested to hear further evidence from both young people and academic and legal experts.
The hearing will be held at Glenala State High School, enabling young people to engage with the committee process.
The full program can be found on the Committee’s website.
Public hearing details:
Date: Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Time: 10:00am – 1:45pm
Location: Glenala State High School, Durack, Brisbane
The hearing will be broadcast live at aph.gov.au/live.