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2246RE: [suth_to_aus] Re: NEW MEMBER ON THE LIST

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  • Craig McLaughlin
    Aug 29, 2011
      Getting great info already - the attached (bullets 3 & 4) shows that Jessie would indeed have been eligible to vote despite her relative newness to the country!

      Information about electoral rolls

      Who is listed on electoral rolls

      • Electoral enrolment has been compulsory for all Australian citizens over the statutory voting age since 1925. The voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 in 1974.
      • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been entitled to enrol since 1962, and have been required to enrol since 1984. Between 1949 and 1962 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were eligible to enrol and vote only if they had served in the Defence Forces, or, the electoral law in their State of residence qualified them to vote in State elections.
      • Until 1984 British subjects resident in Australia were also eligible to enrol and vote.
      • Women have been included on Commonwealth electoral rolls from 1902 when Commonwealth legislation came into effect. The first Commonwealth elections in 1901 were conducted under State franchise laws, meaning that only women in South Australia and Western Australia (which had extended the franchise to include women in 1894 and 1899 respectively) only were eligible to vote.
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