As young Australians approach voting age they need simple, clear and practical instructions about the mechanics of how government works and how to vote.
Results from the latest report into civics and citizenship education show by the time students hit year ten, the majority of them have little knowledge about Australian civics and democracy.
The default position in social and political theory is to disregard children altogether, or to consider them as learner-citizens.
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When children and young people have opportunities for active citizenship, they demonstrate a wide range of ways of contributing to their communities.
Bill Shorten said politicians and government must find ways to re-engage a generation of young people.
There is a growing canyon now separating politics as understood and practiced by political authorities from the political practices of everyday people.
Bill Shorten has charged Sam Dastyari to recommend whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 or 17.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is promising a Labor government would reduce the voting age – at least to 17 and perhaps 16.
Hanging on his every word.
Research suggests young people are engaged in politics, they just don't like the politicians.
Fixating on the voting age won’t fix the system.
Shutterstock polling station
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