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Lowering voting age to 16 a ‘crazy idea’, child psychologist says

Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

It’s an issue that’s raised regularly, but this time the idea has been floated by a Sydney university professor.

Dean of Law at the University of New South Wales, Professor George Williams, says the voting age should be lowered because “voting and good citizenship are habits that need to be developed early”.

He says the best time for this is age “16 or 17”.

Child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg tells Luke Grant it’s a “crazy idea”.

“We have 100 billion brain cells in the human brain and they’re not fully developed in young people until their mid-twenties.

“We don’t let 16-year-olds drink alcohol, or buy alcohol. We shouldn’t let them vote it’s as simple as that.”

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