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2249RE: [suth_to_aus] Re: NEW MEMBER ON THE LIST

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  • Jenelle Mccarrick
    Aug 30, 2011

      Just had a thought too to check the world connect project, google images..

      The reason they lowered the voting age to 18..after the Vietnam war, they would send you to war, you could drink, but you could not vote..



      From: suth_to_aus@yahoogroups.com [mailto: suth_to_aus@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Craig McLaughlin
      Sent: Tuesday, 30 August 2011 3:30 PM
      To: suth_to_aus@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [suth_to_aus] Re: NEW MEMBER ON THE LIST



      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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