(Greens-Media) Greens spearhead campaign to get Sydney youth on a roll

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 02/09/2004 - 20:26

Greens candidate for Sydney Jenny Leong and NSW Senate candidate John Kaye have kicked off a week-long blitz to get young people onto the electoral roll before it’s too late.

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Hans van Leeuwen
hans@nsw.greens.org.au
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September 1, 2004

Holding a stall outside Sydney University today, Ms Leong warned that voters have until next Tuesday to get on the roll.

"Over 40% of 18 year-olds are not on the electoral roll - their participation could swing the result of this election," said Ms Leong.

"It’s going to be a close race in the seat of Sydney and in the Senate, so young people’s votes could really count.

"In the absence of any effective government initiatives to make sure voters are enrolled, The Greens are doing it ourselves," said Ms Leong.

John Kaye said the enrol-to-vote blitz would target university and TAFE campuses.

"Many students are upset about Howard Government’s withdrawal of public support for universities. This has led to $100,000 degrees, an increasing HECS burden, and depleted resources on campus.

"Young people are also concerned about the war, refugees and Tasmanian forests.

"The Greens urge the 80,000 new voters who sign up this week to channel their outrage into the ballot box.

"They may not care for the boring men in suits that Howard and Latham represent but they do want to vote for these issues," Dr Kaye said.

Hans van Leeuwen
Media Officer
NSW Greens federal election campaign
02 9519 0877
0425 310 562

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