The recent release of the second green paper on electoral reform, highlighting the possibility of lowering the voting age, is in line with a recent resolution of the Annerley Branch.
The September general meeting strongly supported moves to lower the voting age from 18 to 16.
Fiercely debated at the meeting, supporters of the resolution believed that it was time that younger members of society had a voice at election time.
Introduced by Branch Young Labor Organiser, Owen Wareham, the resolution claims that ‘greater representation will lead to better public policy outcomes’.
Annerley Branch Secretary and Griffith FEC delegate, Rod Beisel (pictured), was recently re-elected as Vice President of the Griffith Federal Electoral Council (FEC).
The FEC is responsible for co-ordinating Branch efforts in lead up to the next Federal election which is due late 2010.
Rod believes that the Griffith FEC will play a key role in the next campaign to hold the Prime Minister’s seat and welcomed the strong recognition of the Annerley Branch for its vibrant community based activism over the past 9 years.
(Originally published September 2009)