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Allow registered 16- and 17-year-olds to participate in Australia's Postal Survey

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The non-compulsory postal survey that will ask Australians: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?" is no doubt a new experience for Australians. It is perhaps more so for the Millennials. (Stamps? What are those?)

So here is the media release: "The voluntary survey will cover all Australians on the electoral roll. All Australians on the roll (or those who've made a valid request for enrolment) by 24 August 2017 will receive the necessary documentation to enable them to participate." (ABS 2017, emphasis mine)

There was much speculation as to what that implied for 16 and 17 year olds who are allowed to enrol... until the AEC has announced that the electoral roll information does not include "provisionally enrolled" electors. 

However, according to Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 - Sect 90B 10.g.iii, "additional information about a person included on a Roll ... whether the person is: less than 18 years old". This suggests that under-18s are indeed on the Roll, at least on the one sent to certain political parties and their members. Shouldn't the ABS (Australia's statistical powerhouse) be able to access the same amount of data as the political parties? 

No matter how you will participate in the survey, let's positively reinforce our youth who have enrolled on the Electoral Roll and are engaged with what's going on in society. Let's hear what they have to say. 



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