Democracy is up for grabs - enrol to vote!
The federal, state and local government elections are critical in shaping the society we live in. It is when we all make our voices heard at the ballot box that we can have a real say in the way our country is governed. We encourage all members to ensure they are enrolled to vote. It's easy to enrol - read on for details.
Enrolling to vote or checking your enrolment is easy online
You can enrol, check your enrolment, change your address, change your name all on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website.
Remember, if you leave your enrolment too late, you may not be able to vote as the AEC requires some time to process enrolments. When a federal election is called, the roll closes very soon afterwards.
So, if you are not currently enrolled, enrol now!
Why the ASU encourages voting
In order for Australia to have a vibrant democracy, all eligible voters should ensure they are enrolled. The right to vote is both a privilege and a responsibility that we should all take quite seriously.
Australians may be known culturally as a very laid back and relaxed people, but we are passionate about everyone getting a fair go. When we vote we are ensuring that our society reflects our aspirations.
As a union, the ASU's business is to care about what people experience in their roles as workers. The major political parties have policies that impact our members in many ways, and we advocate for the best possible outcomes for our members.
Some of the particular topics of concern are:
- penalty rates
- individual agreements that cut take home pay
- unfair dismissal laws
- privatisation of public assets
- redundancy entitlements
- what can be covered in awards & agreements
- protection of casual workers
- fair wages
- occupational health and safety
- work-life balance
- ensuring all workers have access to collective bargaining
- paid parental leave
- protection for workers who are discriminated against (eg. young people, old people, women, LGBTIQ people, migrants, etc)
- child care & aged care
- casualisation of the workforce
You can enrol to vote when you turn 16 and your eligibility to vote will start when you turn 18.
Enrol now and tell your family and friends to enrol too!