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Greens pledge to lower the voting age

Hear more from the Greens in the City News coverage of this story.

The ACT Greens today pledged to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 years of age in ACT elections as part of a youth package launched today.

“The Greens will amend the ACT Electoral Act to give 16 and 17 year old Canberrans a say in their future and the future of their city,” said youth spokesperson Michael Mazengarb.


ACT Greens pledge to welcome Manus refugees

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The ACT Greens have called on the Federal Government to close the camps on Manus Island and Nauru and pledged to welcome 100 of the 800 people currently in detention on Manus Island into the Canberra community. The announcement comes ahead of a snap action rally in Canberra tonight, which will call on the government to close the camps.

“The conditions on Manus Island and Nauru amount to torture, these detention centres are inhuman, and as a caring, compassionate community we must not accept them,” said ACT Greens multicultural spokesperson Indra Esguerra.


Greens announce LGBTIQ support package if divisive plebiscite goes ahead

Hear more from the Greens in the Canberra TimesGay News Network, and Pro Bono Australia coverage of this story.

The ACT Greens have today launched a landmark plan to support LBGTIQ Canberrans should the Federal Liberal Government go ahead with their costly and divisive same sex marriage plebiscite. The Greens do not support the plebiscite because we believe it will lead to further victimization and isolation of the LGBTIQ community.

"This debate has dragged on long enough," said ACT Greens spokeswoman Veronica Wensing.


Greens to expand age-friendly communities

The ACT Greens have announced that they will provide an extra $4 million to invest in age-friendly communities across Canberra.

"Age-friendly is really just 'people friendly'. Design that is good for older and younger people is good for everyone," said seniors spokesperson Caroline Le Couteur.


Greens launch universal housing plan

Hear more from the Greens in the Canberra Times, 2CC and 2CA coverage of this story.

ACT Greens housing and homelessness spokesperson, Veronica Wensing, has today launched a plan to improve housing for older Canberrans and people with disability. The plan will ensure every new home meets the specific needs of the resident and is built to a Livable Housing Design Silver Level.

"I've spent years fighting for better housing in Canberra," said Ms Wensing.