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Voting Right

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  • If you can have your say, you get a chance to say how you think about things.
  • The people who dictate policy are the people who determine the ideas or plans that are used as a basis for making decisions.
  • Long-term issues are important subjects that are relevant for a long period of time.
  • court case is a legal action, when an issue is brought before a judge and then the judge takes a decision about it.
  • The Supreme Court is the highest court of law in a country.


  1. What is the main point of the news item?
    a      In New Zealand, the voting age is under discussion. It may be lowered from 18 to 16.
    b      New Zealand’s Prime Minister made a campaign promise to lower the voting age to 16.
    c       The Parliament of New Zealand is going to discuss some legislation for the government.
    d      The people of New Zealand have asked to lower the voting age to 16, just as in all countries.
  1. What is makeit16nz?
    a      A hashtag people in New Zealand are using to promote a lower voting age.
    b      A website where people can have their say about the voting age in New Zealand.
    c       An app for people in New Zealand who are asking to lower the voting age.
    d      An organisation in New Zealand that is asking to lower the voting age.
  1. Why does Caeden want to lower the voting age?
    a      Because 16- and 17-year-olds in Australia are already allowed to vote. And they are practically New Zealand’s neighbours.
    b      Because 16- and 17-year-olds take part in society already. They are also impacted by the decisions the government makes.
    c       Because decisions on long-term issues will impact the life of young people. So they should be the first ones to have their say on these issues.
    d      Because many 16- and 17-year-olds can drive and work and sometimes leave school. And they are all passionate about paying taxes.

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