How to get young people interested in politics

Crikey readers have their say.

Voting and electoral funding:

Elizabeth Thornton writes: Re. “Greater compulsion isn’t the answer to voter disengagement” (yesterday, item 8).  I keep suggesting to different people that voting could be different.

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  1. smpc

    @Chris Hunter: Only states can be parties to ICJ proceedings. You’re thinking of the International Criminal Court.

  2. John Bennetts

    Niall Clugston writes that Senators are MP’s. Not so. Senators are Senators. A Members of the Federal Lower House is an MHR. A Member of the Lower House in a State (NSW, in any case), is an MLA. A Member of the Upper House (again, NSW) is a n MLC.

    “Member of Parliament”, or “MP”, in the Australian context is thus the generic noun applicable to all parliamentarians in Australia, perhaps a couple of thousand at any one time.

    Or is it?

    Wikipedia presents another view, perhaps more modern although somewhat dismissive of the Upper House Members:

    “Australia
    “In Australia, the term “Member of Parliament” refers to Members of the House of Representatives, the lower house of the Commonwealth parliament. Members may use “MP” after their names – previously “MHR” was used but this is not current. The members of the upper house of the Commonwealth parliament, the Senate, are known as the “Senators”.

    “In New South Wales and Victoria, Members of the Legislative Assembly (lower house) use the post-nominal “MP”, but Members of the Legislative Council (upper house) use “MLC”.

    So, perhaps MP’s include all LOWER HOUSE parliamentarians throughout Australia.

    Whatever the case, it is clear that Niall Clugson’s pedantry is founded not well.

  3. Jeremy Yapp

    Another letters page, another resounding rebuttal of Tamas Calderwood. His misinformation is surely deliberate, not just born of ignorance and innumeracy. For how long will Crikey collude with him and the other merchants of doubt? I’ve seen quite a few opinion articles on Crikey taking the ABC to task for giving a platform to denialist lies in the name of “balance”; when will Crikey put its money where its mouth is and institute a “no deniers” policy?

  4. Harvey Tarvydas

    Dr Harvey M Tarvydas

    Voting and electoral funding:
    Elizabeth Thornton writes: Re. “Greater compulsion isn’t the answer to voter disengagement” (yesterday, item 8). I keep suggesting to different people that voting could be different.
    Your intellectual (because that’s what it is) ‘game’ idea is terrific and so easily doable for students at school. We would have loved it at school.
    It might even be personally very valuable for some in parliament to be retrained as human beings to go to ‘school’ one day a month to achieve the next ‘allowed to sit for another month’ certificate.

  5. Graham R

    So Guy Rundle doesn’t support euthanasia? Odd for a man from the Left because what he is really saying is that he wants euthanasia only for the upper middle classes who have social access to a doctor.

    Does anyone seriously think that doctors, and those whose Class position allows them social access to a doctor, deny their terminally ill relatives wracked with pain (and who have clearly expressed their wish for it to end) the right to die?

    The whole euthanasia debate is cached in the wrong terms: it is not about the right to die with dignity, but about the right for equal access to the right to die with dignity.

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