Voting and belonging: Reporting your findings

  1. Present your research about the life, challenges and achievements of your Australian in relation to enfranchisement, representation and women’s/Indigenous people’s issues as a:

    • PowerPoint presentation
    • poster
    • Wiki
    • other (to be negotiated with your teacher).
  2. How do you think being enfranchised and representing others positively affect(ed):

    • your person’s life?
    • the lives of other Australians at the time?
    • the lives of current Australians?
    • the lives of future Australians?

    Record your response to the questions and then share these with a partner. Combine your and your partner’s responses in a small group. Share your small group’s responses with the rest of the class.

Taking action

Knowing that being enfranchised and being represented increases formal participation and a sense of belonging and equality, critically examine either:

  • your School Representative Council
  • your school’s leadership structure (eg school captains and house captains)
  • the leadership structure of a club that you belong to.
  1. Use an action plan to list ‘individual and joint’ and ‘direct and indirect’ strategies you and your classmates could employ to enfranchise others and increase representation of a diversity of people, voices and perspectives. The action plan is centred on the words ‘Vision, Action, Change’.

  2. Complete a SWOT analysis to ensure the success of your action plan. The SWOT analysis will focus your attention on your action plan’s:

    • Strengths – the things that you can do that will help you implement your action plan
    • Weaknesses – the things that you cannot do that will hinder the implementation of your action plan
    • Opportunities – the things that others can do that will help you implement your action plan
    • Threats – the things that other people might do that will stop you implementing your action plan. 

Evaluation and assessment

In April 2008, participants at the Australia 2020 Youth Summit said:

To build a more participatory 2020, the age at which people are eligible to vote must be lowered to 16. Sixteen- year-olds work, pay income tax, pay GST, drive, and can join the army. They must be enfranchised so they can have a say in Government policies that affect them.

Reflect on what you have learnt about being enfranchised to argue a case for or against the age at which people are eligible to vote being lowered to 16.