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Adult Franchise

The restricted franchise for the Legislative Council set out in the Constitution of 1856 was gradually widened until in 1973 all voters on the House of Assembly roll became eligible to vote for both Houses. In 1972 the minimum voting age was reduced from twenty-one to eighteen years. One year later, all electors whose names were on the House of Assembly roll were included on the Legislative Council electoral roll, and the right to stand for election to either House was granted to any eligible voter on the House of Assembly roll. Under the Electoral Act 1985, voting for the Legislative Council was made compulsory.