One million votes against politics

Acute disengagement of younger voters from Australia’s political system is coinciding with intense discussion about the irrelevance of politicians. And it’s taking place outside of traditional media.

There may be absolutely no connection between any of these things, but something like 500,000 or so people aged between 18 and 24 did not register to vote at the last federal election. That’s 25 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds.  And a Lowy Institute poll in June found that fewer than half of 18 to 29 year old Australians believe that democracy is preferable to any other kind of government.



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