The Queensland Greens commend the union movementï¿½s initiative to organise Rock The Vote which is on at the RNA Showgrounds on Saturday.
The concert, which has been organised to encourage young people to enrol to vote, will also highlight the injustices of Howard governmentï¿½s ongoing erosion of workerï¿½s rights.
Queensland Greens industrial relations spokesperson, Elissa Jenkins, who is attending Saturdayï¿½s event, said music was a great way to engage with young people.
ï¿½Iï¿½m a big Spiderbait fan and hugely supportive of Australian rock, so Iï¿½m looking forward to the day.
ï¿½I havenï¿½t seen New Zealandï¿½s Shihad live before and am keen to catch them, particularly now that theyï¿½ve changed their name back,ï¿½ she said.
Elissa, who led an enrol to vote campaign for the Queensland Greens during the 2004 federal election, said it was really important for young people to get in early this time when it comes to enrolling to vote.
ï¿½Under John Howardï¿½s new system, the day after he calls the election it will be too late to enrol.
ï¿½This is unfair for young people who may be caught off guard by not organising themselves until itï¿½s too late.
ï¿½Itï¿½s an effective way for Howard to silence the voice of the youth and he knows what heï¿½s doing.
ï¿½His values are not in line with the values of young people, so heï¿½d rather not hear from them.
ï¿½Environmental and social justice issues are too tough for him to tackle, but young people are keen to see these areas made a priority,ï¿½ she said.
Ms Jenkins said, to ensure fair workplace conditions are put back on the agenda in Australia, the Senate must be saved from the Coalition in 2007 and a vote for The Greens in the Senate is the only way this can be done.
ï¿½Howard knows that a high percentage of young people vote for The Greens and, if young people donï¿½t enrol, they canï¿½t vote for us,ï¿½ she said.