The ACT greens are keen to see an overhaul of the Territory’s electoral process, in a bid to ‘strengthen Canberra’s democracy’.
The party has made four recommendations to the inquiry looking into last year’s Territory election.
ACT Greens Spokesperson for Young People, Johnathan Davis said lowering the legal voting age to 16 or 17 is among those recommendations.
“Why should young people who otherwise can legally work full-time, pay taxes, drive, make medical decisions about their own bodies, have sex, join the Defence forces and join a political party not have the opportunity to vote?”
“Young people will inherit the effects of decisions made in government today and we should not only empower them to have a real voice, but also listen to what they are saying.”
Under the recommendations, voting for the 16 and 17 year-olds would still be voluntary until reaching the age of 18.
The other recommendations include banning or defining spaces for roadside electoral signage, appointing an independent fact-checker for the 2024 election and capping donations for individuals at $10,000 per year.
Greens spokesperson for Democracy, Andrew Braddock, thinks implementing these recommendations would make the ACT’s democracy stronger, regardless of who you vote for.
“Canberra’s elections need to support and empower a vocal civil society; amplifying voices from all corners of our community, including young people and those from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds, over the interests of whichever donors have the deepest pockets.”