Greens Want 16 And 17-Year-Olds To Vote In The Same-Sex Marriage Plebiscite

    That's 600,000 extra voters.

    A typical Australian 16 year-old can get married, sign a lease, pay income tax, enlist in the defence force, be tried as an adult, fly a plane and shoot a gun. But they can't vote.

    Greens leader Richard di Natale is in favour of lowering the voting age because he thinks young people should have a say on a policy that affects their lives.

    A record 1.66 million young people voted in the 2016 federal election.

    Australians enrolled for the election by age. 18 YO participation up from 51% to 71% since end of April #ausvotes

    The participation rate of 18- to 24-year-olds on July 2 was the highest in history - up from 81% in 2013 to 86.7%.

    58% of Australians agree that people of the same sex should be allowed to marry, according to a July Essential poll.

    The biggest support comes from young Aussies. Polling by the Marriage Equality Alliance suggest as many as 81% of 18 to 24-year-olds would vote to legalise same-sex marriage.

    Lyle Shelton from the Australian Christian Lobby believes politicians should not "cloud" the marriage equality debate with questions of lowering the voting age.