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History of Voting

What? We are learning about the history of voting in Australia.

Why? This will help us understand how our democracy system works.

How? I will be able to record key information as I watch the BTN episode and then answer the questions and post as a comment.

History of Voting – BTN episode

After watching the BTN episode on the history of voting answer the following questions and post as a comment below.

  1. When did women get the right to vote in Australia?
  2. When did all Indigenous people get the right to vote in federal elections?
  3. In which year did the voting age change from 21 to 18 years of age?
  4. Voting in Australia is not compulsory. True or false?
  5. Do you think the right to vote is important? Explain your answer.
  6. What was surprising about this story?
  7. Do you have any other questions or comments about the voting process?

19 thoughts on “History of Voting

  1. Dear miss Scarrott
    1- at 1902
    2- 1962
    3- 1973
    4- true
    5- Yes, because you can have an say for the whole nation and government
    6 – that people that are under 21 can’t vote in a point
    7- When did voting started at Australia?
    From bruke

  2. Dear Miss Scarrott,

    1902 was the year women got the right to vote.
    The indigenous people got the right to vote in federal election on 1962.
    The voting age changed in 1973 to 18 years of age.
    Voting in Australia is compulsory when you are above 18 so my answer is false.
    I think the right to vote is important as it does make you say about who and what leads Australia as a nation.
    The fact that suffragettes suffered so much back then just to make women vote was very surprising to me. It made me realise that women were treated unfairly before about voting and thankful that women now has the right to say about voting.
    It was very sad to see people treat women before as someone useless or too emotional and it hurt me so much to see that the women suffered badly.

    By Angela

  3. Dear Miss Scarrott
    1. Woman got the right to vote in Australia in 1903.
    2. Indigenous people got to vote in 1949.
    3. The age of voting changed in 1973.
    4. Voting in Australia is compulsory so (False).
    5. Yes, because we all have to have a say.
    6. The thing that was surprising to us was that the Aboriginals were not able to vote until 1949.
    7. why did they change the age to 18 and not keep it at 21?

    By Jemma and Gracie.

  4. 1. When did women get the right to vote in Australia?
    2. When did all Indigenous people get the right to vote in federal elections?
    3. In which year did the voting age change from 21 to 18 years of age?
    4. Voting in Australia is not compulsory. True or false?
    5. Do you think the right to vote is important? Explain your answer.
    6. What was surprising about this story?
    7. Do you have any other questions or comments about the voting process?

    1.1903
    2.1949
    3.1973
    4.Fulse
    5.Yes, everyone should all have a say
    6.That the aboriginals don’t get to vote when they where the first ones here.
    7.Why did they change the age to vote? why did they think women aren’t smart enough?

  5. Dear Miss Scarrott
    1.In 1902, women got to vote for the first time.
    2.In 1962, all Indigenous people could vote in federal elections.
    3.In 1973, you could be 18 and over to vote.
    4.It is compulsory to vote in Australia.
    5.Yes it is very important to vote because you have a say who will run our country and every vote counts so you should care when you vote.
    6.That only in 1962 indigenous people could vote.
    7.I have a question about in 1962 when indigenous people were allowed to vote was that for women or men or both?
    From Emma.

  6. 1. When did women get the right to vote in Australia? 1992.
    2. When did all Indigenous people get the right to vote in federal elections? 1963.
    3. In which year did the voting age change from 21 to 18 years of age? 1973.
    4. Voting in Australia is not compulsory. True or false? False.
    5. Do you think the right to vote is important? Explain your answer. Not really because it is forced to be done and it does nothing other people can.
    6. What was surprising about this story? How the voting age was 21.
    7. Do you have any other questions or comments about the voting process? Why do you need to vote if you’re the age to?

    1. Voting is compulsory. If you are enrolled to vote then you must vote in all Federal, State and local council elections, statutory elections and polls.

  7. Dear Miss Scarrott,
    1. Women got the rights to vote in 1902.
    2. All Indigenous people got the right to vote in Federal Elections in 1962.
    3. The voting age was 21 until 1973.
    4. True for over 18 if you don’t vote you will get a fined.
    5. I think it’s important for every to have a say in a Election because we all have voices and different opinions.
    6. How they didn’t let women vote because they thought women weren’t smart enough and didnt understand politics.
    7. How much was the payment of a fined if you didn’t vote.
    From Jorja.

  8. Dear Miss Scarrott,
    No. 1. 1903
    No. 2. At first in 1949, only the aboriginals that went to war were allowed to vote until 1962 when all aboriginals were allowed to vote.
    No. 3. 1973
    No. 4. You need to vote or you’ll be fined about $75.
    No. 5. Yes. Everyone should have a say. You never know, your one vote could cause someone to win.
    No. 6. It surprised us how long it took the government to let people vote. Why not?
    No. 7. Again, why didn’t the government let all people vote back then? We think it’s unfair and we’re glad that just about everyone gets a say now.
    From Samantha and Mark

    1. Actually, a fine of $75 is for a state election. For a federal election (like the one coming up) it is $20.
      From Samantha and Mark

  9. Dear Miss Scarrott,
    Today whilst watching the BTN video I learnt a lot of new things. Like…
    In 1902 women were finally allowed to vote in the federal elections. Well for indigenous people it was a little bit different, all aboriginals that have served in the army were allowed to vote in federal election, but not until 1962 all indigenous people were allowed to vote. Now in Australia the age you have to vote is 18 but not until 1963 it changed from the age of 21 to 18. Voting in Australia is compulsory. You have to do it or else you get fined. I believe that my vote is very important because, if you don’t get a say in what Australia does as a nation why bother being a citizen of Australia? I was surprised about all the different policies that there was back in the day, and comparing them to now. A question I still have is, Why did people think that women were emotional?
    From Jess.

  10. Dear Miss Scarrott
    1. When did women get the right to vote in Australia?1902
    2. When did all Indigenous people get the right to vote in federal elections?1962
    3. In which year did the voting age change from 21 to 18 years of age?1973
    4. Voting in Australia is not compulsory. True or false? False
    5. Do you think the right to vote is important? Explain your answer. I completely agree like the current election that I’m in it says ever vote counts there is a possibility that your vote is the one vote that shapes Australia.
    6. What was surprising about this story? That at one point aboriginals who fought in the army were allowed to vote but the other aboriginals weren’t allowed
    7. Do you have any other questions or comments about the voting process? Why can’t you choose to vote?
    From Samuel

  11. Dear Miss Scarrott,
    I found the answer to my question if you don’t vote you get a fine of $76 and if you fail to pay your fine you have an extra 42 days to pay.
    From Jorja.

  12. Dear Miss Scarrott

    1. 1902
    2. 1962
    3. 1973

    4. True only for people 18 or over.

    5. Yes because if people don’t have right it would be unfair for them.

    6. In 1949 Aboriginals people allow to vote only for that serve in army.

    7. When did Australian became a nation?

    January, 26, 1788

    Form Simon and Htaw Nay

  13. Dear Miss Scarrott
    Here are the answers I learnt.
    1. 1902.
    2. 1962.
    3. 1973.
    4. False.
    5. Yes without voting everything would be the same.
    6. I had no idea that aboriginals were not allowed to vote until 1962.
    7. No.
    From Noah

  14. Dear Miss Scarrott
    Here are the answers I learnt.
    1. 1902
    2. 1962
    3.1973
    4. FALSE
    5. Yes, without voting everything would be the same. We would still even have the no woman vote rule. And indigenous people will not be able to vote.
    6. That indigenous people were not allowed to vote Intel 1949 but they needed to join the military. Up Intel 1962 that’s when they got full voting privilege and not needed requirements.
    7. How much money did you need to pay if you got fined because you did not vote in 1800s.

  15. Dear Miss Scarrott
    Women’s get there rights to vote in 1963 and all the indigenous people get there rights to vote in 1962. People above 21 were allowed to vote until 1973 there were allowed to vote. Voting is important because if you don’t vote you will get fine for $76.
    When did the first federal election starts?

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