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National will keep voting age at 18
National does not support any lowering of the voting age, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.
“Decisions around the voting age, like other electoral laws, are decisions for a democratically accountable Parliament to make.
“Many aspects of our electoral law are decided by referendum or a super-majority of the Parliament because of their constitutional importance.
“National’s priorities in justice are reducing violent, youth and gang crime, as well as clearing Court backlogs.
“With violent crime up by 21 per cent, a 50 per cent increase in gang membership and a 500 per cent increase in ram-raids, these are pressing matters the Labour Government are failing to get under control.
“That is why National announced its plan to crack down on serious repeat youth offenders like ram-raiders to turn their lives around and to protect the public.
“Many other countries have a voting age of 18, and National has seen no compelling case to lower the age.”