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The referendum vote is set for Saturday, 14 October and all Australian citizens over 18 are required to vote. This is the last week you can enrol to vote and be eligible to vote in the referendum. You need to have enrolled online by 8pm on Monday, 18 September. 

‘The future of our country affects young people more than any other demographic so it’s important that we get our say in the important decisions that will shape all our futures,’ one recently enrolled 18-year-old told The Echo

You need to have enrolled online by 8pm on Monday, 18 September. Cartoon by Jamie Hoile

The AEC (Australian Electoral Commission) estimates that up to ten per cent of 18 to 25-year-olds aren’t currently enrolled to vote and it is this youth vote that could have a significant influence over the outcome of the referendum if they are registered and able to vote in the referendum. 

‘The Constitution took effect on 1 January 1901 and is the founding document that sets out how Australia is governed,’ states the AEC website.

‘The Constitution has a special status as it overrides all other laws and can’t be changed by the Parliament of the day. While the Constitution enables Parliament to create or change laws (legislation), the Constitution itself can only be changed through a vote by the Australian people – a referendum.’

‘Registering to vote was pretty quick and easy online,’ said the local 18-year-old who didn’t want to be identified. 

‘The Voice proposes the creation of a committee that will advise the Australian government on issues involving Indigenous Australians. This won’t give First Nations people more rights or make them more important than any other Australian citizen so I don’t think it fosters racial segregation or unfair treatment as some people have suggested. 

‘It also doesn’t give the power to divert funding or resources by the committee as the Voice is only there to give First Nations Australians advice, to the government, in the decisions that affect them.

‘This referendum is our chance to create government representation for First Nations people and create a more fair and equal Australia. Enroll to vote and use your voice to give First Nations people the voice they deserve.’

To enrol go online to: https://www.aec.gov.au/enrol and complete the form.

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  1. This morning there has been a report of a burnt out stolen car in suburban New England with a YES Vote poster placed on it as a chilling message to the community. This is now out of control and Dutton and the media must be called out for allowing their contrived disinformation campaign tactics that are causing this hate and division before it gets any worse. And it will get worse, far worse, there are still 4 weeks to go. I have been watching elections since the 1970’s and never, have I seen the level of disinformation, the animosity, menace and hate unleashed, actually being spread by the media. People are having their cars keyed for having a Yes vote sticker or sign on them, Yes Vote posters stolen from houses repeatedly in the night! It’s time to call your local Liberal or National member and demand they tell Dutton to stop what he and the No Vote camp followers are doing.


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