Aboriginal people urged to enrol to vote
THE NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) has urged Aboriginal people to enrol to vote in the upcoming federal election.
NSWALC chair Roy Ah-See said an election was required to be held before January 14, 2017, but a poll could be called at any time this year.
"Once the election is announced, people only have one week to enrol or update their details before the rolls close," he said.
Cr Ah-See said Federal Government policies have a major impact on Aboriginal people in New South Wales.
"The Federal Government is responsible for billions of dollars worth of programs in education, housing, training, health and other vital frontline services," he said.
"Much of the focus from Canberra has been on efforts to close the gap. While there have been some modest improvements in addressing the appalling inequities faced by Aboriginal people, the fact remains that Aboriginal people die 10 years younger than the general population.
"Don't miss out on your chance to have your say on issues that affect you and your family."
If you are aged 16 or 17, you can enrol now to make sure you are set to vote when you turn 18.
You can enrol or update your address online at www.aec.gov.au/Indigenous. You can collect forms at Australia Post or Electoral Commission offices. You'll need proof-of-ID (driver's licence, passport or someone on the electoral roll who can confirm who you are).