Greens move to lower voting age

The Tasmanian Greens have again pledged to lower the voting age.

In a statement released today, state leader Nick McKim said his party would move to amend the relevant act to provide 16 and 17 year old Tasmanians the option to vote.

He said that the move would not lower the compulsory voting age from 18 to 16, but allow ''engaged and informed" young Tasmanians to opt-in and vote.

“Already there are a number of countries which have lowered their voting age to 16 and 17, and other jurisdictions, such as the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly have passed motions endorsing the lower voting age,'' Mr McKim said.

“In January last year the UK House of Commons supported a motion to lower the voting age which passed with 119 votes in support, to 46 against. The UK Labour Party described the move, “as an idea whose time has come.”

The same motion was shot down in state parliament in April last year.

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