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Greens urge young Queenslanders to get on a roll to enrol

Media Release
Larissa Waters 9 Aug 2013

The Australian Greens today urged young Queenslanders to enrol to vote before the Australian Electoral Commission deadline on Monday at 8 pm to make sure their voices are heard on Election Day.

"Almost one in three young Queenslanders could miss out on having their voice heard this election, with 29 per cent of 18 to 25 year olds in the state unenrolled. That's the highest percentage for any state across the country," Greens Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters, said near the QUT city campus today where she joined Greens candidates reminding students of the Monday deadline.

"It's never been easier to get enrolled - this year you can do it online at www.aec.gov.au/enrol

"Young Queenslanders bring an exciting, forward-thinking perspective to our democracy and it's important everyone has their say on our country's leadership," Senator Waters said.

A survey of 17 - 25 year olds by the Australia Institute released this week found jobs for young people, housing, marriage equality and university funding are the top issues for young Australians ahead of the election.

Adam Stone, the Australian Greens lead Senate candidate for Queensland, said: "The Greens are proud to be standing up for what matters to young people on all of these issues.

"We're the only party standing up for equal marriage and fighting against the old parties' $2.3 billion in uni cuts.

"We know many young people are struggling with the cost of housing and have a plan to provide financial incentives to property owners to convert unused space to units. We're also advocating for a $50 increase for students on Youth Allowance to help with the cost-of-living pressures many young Queenslanders are facing.

"The Greens are about delivering sustainable jobs for the future that will see young people employed over their entire lifetimes, rather than just bowing to the big mining companies and waiting for the inevitable mining bust.

"We're thinking about 2050 - not just the next three years," Mr Stone said.

Enrol online at www.aec.gov.au/enrol

Media contact for Adam Stone: 0417 629 852

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