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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4588

Mr KIRWAN (FORREST, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice: (1.) What is the reason for the Government's decision to wthhold the right to vote from persons 18 to 20 years old when they have the right to vote in Stale elections in certain States.

(2)   Will the situation be any different when Adulthood Mills in respect of 18 year old persons are enacted in the various Slates.

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable members question is as follows:

(1)   Although legislation has been passed in New South Wales. South Australia and Western Australia lowering the franchise age to 18 years, such legislation is operative in Western Australia only. The right nf persons under the age of 21 years to vole at Western Australian State elections does nol give such persons he right to vote at Federal elections. Nu decision has yet been taken by the Federal Government concerning the lowering of the franchise age for Federal elections.

(2)   The effect of the enactment of any Adulthood Bills in the various States will be closely examined in relation to the franchise entitlement of 18 year old persons.

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