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23-year-old Greens senator pushes to get teens to the ballot box

The Greens are backing a change to the voting age, wanting it lowered to 16. 

23-year-old Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John wants teens to get the vote, saying they’re more politically engaged than ever.

Senator Steele-John tells Ben Fordham why he’s backing the change.

“There’s 600,000-odd 16 and 17-year-olds in Australia.

“And they are given responsibilities by society to do things like learn to drive, pay tax, work, make choices around their medical and health care.

“Yet we don’t give them the right and the opportunity to make their voices heard on election day at the ballot box. I just think that’s wrong.”

Senator Steele-John rejected the idea the Greens would benefit most from younger voters.

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