Electoral Reform

Improving Democracy

Better Ways to Engage Young People in Public Affairs

Young people today live in a digital connected world and are engaged in public affairs in ways that their parents would never have imagined.  Many young people are deeply concerned about how decisions made today will affect them in years to come.  Climate change, resource depletion, housing affordability and population pressures will all impact the next generation worse than their parents.

With voting restricted to those over 18 and with many of our democratic institutions still mired in the ways of the 1800s, it’s no wonder that most young people struggle to engage in our democracy.

Taking Action

The Greens will:

  • Introduce voluntary voting for 16 and 17 year olds in State and local Council elections;
  • Improve funding for civics education and initiatives such as Youth Parliament, Citizens’ Juries and other forms of participatory democracy; and
  • Reform Government and Parliamentary processes to better engage with young people in a digital world.  Paper petitions to Parliament where citizens “humbly pray” just doesn’t cut it in a digital world.