READERS DISCUSS: Labor’s plan to drop the voting age to 16

OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten says Labor would consider dropping the voting age to 16 if it wins government at the next election.

We asked The Morning Bulletin's Facebook users for their thoughts.

Natalie Shae: How about only voting if you want to? But no matter who we vote for, government just seems to toss them to the curb eventually anyway. We're a laughing stock overseas when it comes to our politics

Jill Harbeck: I think we need to be like America, only vote if you want to. That way only those who are passionate about who runs this country will vote. I have talked to lots of young people and a lot of them have no idea who to vote for and when it comes to voting just get their name ticked off the list so they won't be fined

Kara Zielke: What's the point of voting anyway, they're just gonna kick them out and put who they want in

Karen Bryant: It would end up as just another expense for the parent, and money grab for the government when kids are fined for not voting.

Cass Tindall: Teens still have to ask to go to the bathroom at school and you want them to have a say on who is running the country... I really don't think that half of them would even know what the policies mean. If this was to be brought in, they need to be taught about this, but hey, buying a house, doing taxes, the stuff we need for life was never taught to us in school.

Hurell Lucieer: Only because he sees more potential votes in this demographic. It's always about what's in it for them.

Read more of the discussion here:

Labor plans to lower the voting age to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote: http://ow.ly/U46tX Yes or no: should the voting age be lowered?

Posted by The Morning Bulletin on Friday, October 30, 2015


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