Darcy Drakes 2017
The Postal Plebiscite
I want to talk about this postal plebiscite but first I have to talk about the voting age.
I think the voting age should to be lowered to 16. Now hear me out, I think it would be a good idea to make voting optional from the age of 16 and kept compulsory for adults 18 and over. This would give the young people of Australia a much bigger voice and ability to have a stance on the political world and the incredibly important decisions facing our country. It's vitally important that voting remains compulsory for adults to give a more even and equal result in any elections or dreaded plebiscites. If voting was optional for Australians aged 16 and 17 then those passionate and eager to be involved in the decisions of the scary world of politics have a fighting chance. If the voting age was lowered but remained compulsory I have no doubt many young people will see it as a chore and will not want to be pressured to participate. The teenagers who do want to vote will have to enroll and go to a polling booth and put in the extra effort to be heard. Those voting will be passionate and eager to do so and won't waste their vote on attempting to elect a drawing of a dick as our country's leading government party. It is the young people who have to live longer with the decisions our government are currently making. I think my life is more affected in the long-term by decisions being made now on things like marriage equality and education funding compared to someone from the baby boomer population having finished a free higher education and settled into an affordable home. Having said that all the gorgeous baby boomers supporting my plight, I am beyond appreciative for them being the voice I don't have.
Back to the topic at hand, it is times like these where I long for an ability to have a say. The long and strenuous debate on marriage equality has reached a ridiculous level after thinking it couldn't get much worse. After dodging a plebiscite our government has come up with a possibly worse "solution" to marriage equality. This postal and optional "plebiscite" (see opinion poll) is not something we've asked for. It is not something we want, something we need, or something that can help us, but unless it is overruled by the High Court, it is going ahead. Some are calling for a boycott but I urge you not to throw away your precious votes. As someone deprived of a voice I beg you to use yours and make sure you are enrolled to vote. If they want a postal plebiscite we'll give them one they'll never forget and drown them in YES.
A final word to my fellow members of the LGBTI+ community, there is a wave of hate headed our way with the No Campaign going ahead and I've unfortunately already started seeing increased levels of bigotry around the media. I encourage you all to not take any of it to heart and stay strong and keep fighting against homophobia.
If you've read this far I'm impressed, so please, I urge my older friends and family to vote Yes. Please spread the message.
Much love Darcy xx