Jessie Henderson, 19, of Lismore, is not sure who shell vote for on election day, but she knows the issues that are important
Jessie Henderson, 19, of Lismore, is not sure who shell vote for on election day, but she knows the issues that are important

New voter knows her issues

By Alex Easton

JESSIE HENDERSON doesn't know who she will vote for when she goes to the polls for the first time on November 24. But she knows the issues that any politician who wants her vote will have to address.

A nursing student at Southern Cross University, Ms Henderson said health, education and student assistance, and industrial relations were the issues her vote would be decided on.

"There's that big kerfuffle about WorkChoices that doesn't sound like such a great deal," Ms Henderson said. "I think people should learn about that before they start throwing their votes around."

They'll also have to get themselves on the electoral roll. New laws about voting mean people who are not yet on the roll have until 8pm tomorrow to get their names and details in to the Australia Electoral Commission.

Forms are available on-line at www.aec.gov.au and can be sent by fax to your AEC office. Richmond voters should fax their forms to (07) 5599 1114. Page voters should fax their enrolment forms to 6642 7809.

Page Labor candidate Janelle Saffin and Nationals candidate Chris Gulaptis yesterday both said people rushing to get their enrolment forms in were welcome to send it from their campaign offices in the Lismore CBD. Ms Saffin's office is in Molesworth Street and Mr Gulaptis' office is in Woodlark Street.

Ms Henderson said she was generally not interested in politics and would decide who to vote for after talking to friends and family.

She was supposed to have cast her first vote at this year's NSW election, but missed out because she was busy. She now regrets that.



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