Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Comedians, models, footballers urge young to register to vote

The Australian Electoral Commission has enlisted high profile personalities from various fields to encourage young Australians to enrol to vote, on the basis that many don't even know a federal election is likely this year.

Comedian Dave Hughes, TV presenter Ruby Rose, swimmer Eamon Sullivan, actors Aaron Pederson and Matthew Werkmeister, models Tahnee Atkinson and Laura Dundovic and AFL footballers Tom Scully and Jack Watts are among those who have lent their names to the AEC campaign.

With more than 1.4 million people missing from the electoral roll, with about 70 per cent of those aged 18 to 39, the AEC wants to remind Australians that "even famous people vote".

Hughes is among the celebrities who has made a short video clip urging Australians to add their names to the roll before the election and you can see his impromptu effort on Australian Christian Voter's Watching page.

And the latest on the program is that when asked about Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, one of the footballers featured didn't know which party he belonged too - further proof of the need to encourage younger people to be aware of the political process. More on this later. PH

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