The Central Issue

There has been a debate going on in the newspapers behind the earthquake and cyclone coverage—on whether males ought to get the vote at 18, when they enlist in NS, rather than at 21. Are we mature enough to handle guns and possibly kill people, but not enough to choose who our leaders should be, of who will be the boss of our nation? Likewise, are we mature enough to legally have sex at 16 but not mature enough to drink alcohol until we are 18? Do we miraculously and instantly become ‘mature’ enough to watch NC16 films the moment we turn 16?