The youth of Australia have cast their vote in Google’s federal election, 'electing' to keep the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in power for another term.
Student Voice 2010, was a federal election run by Google for 15 to 17 year old students across Australia and designed to give the next generation of voters a political voice.
The student vote was recorded across 72 electorates in Australia and resulted in Labor winning 28 Lower House seats, the Coalition 25 seats, the Greens 15 seats, and the Christian Democrat Party, Independent, Family First and One Nation parties each winning one seat.
The ALP’s popularity in NSW and Victoria was obvious winning 21 out of 28 seats, while the Coalition took out Queensland and Western Australia, winning the marginal seat of Hasluck with 56 per cent of votes.
The Greens rocked their popularity in Victoria, stealing Lindsay Tanner’s seat of Melbourne, pulling half of the student voters in the electorate.
They continued their popular streak in the senate where student voted for 16 Greens senators, matching the ALP and closely tailing the Coalition.
Google Australia’s director of engineering, Alan Noble, said that the next generation of voters will venture online for political information, to contact government and vote in the future.
“Student Voice 2010 is an exercise in democracy and we hope it inspires students to engage and make their voice heard,” Noble said.