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Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Increasing Voter Participation) Bill 2018


Type
Private
Originating house
Senate
Status
Before Senate
Sponsor
STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon

Summary

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to: lower the minimum (non-compulsory) voting age in Australian federal elections and referenda from 18 to 16 years; allow 14 and 15 year olds to be added to the electoral roll in preparation for their eligibility to vote at 16 years of age; provide for 16 and 17 year olds to be included in the certified list of voters (but not to be given a penalty notice if they do not vote); and provide that an eligible voter, who is not yet on the electoral roll or enrolled at their correct address, is able to cast a provisional vote on election day.

Progress of bill

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Senate
Introduced and read a first time 18/06/18  
Second reading moved 18/06/18  
Second reading debate 21/06/18  
Lapsed at end of Parliament 01/07/19  
Restored to Notice Paper 04/07/19  
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest



Notes