The average age of representatives in the Parliament of Australia is 52. This means a generational gap between elected officials and young people who are between the ages of 15-30 years old. This group of elected officials make decisions that will have impact for decades to come.
Climate change is the most pressing example – the lack of action by the current Parliament will impact young people for the rest of their lives. This is true for other issues too including the prospects of receiving quality education, having good and secure jobs, or buying a home.
It is important to include young people in conversations around the issues that affect them directly. Connecting to Parliament with MP Alicia Payne will host two town halls in August, 2021, exploring:
- How can we improve the inclusion and representation of young people in Australian politics? What are the possible reform pathways for this?
- Should we lower the voting age and allow people under the age of 18 to vote?
- Should we think about different ways of making Members of Parliament better representatives of youth and their interests?