Youth and Political Engagement

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Freya Fajgman

Young Australians are one of our most under-represented demographics in elected Australian politics, with no members under the age of 28 in the federal parliament.

Despite popular rhetoric that young people are politically apathetic, recent studies show exactly the opposite is true: engagement in political issues, among young Australians, is on the rise.

However, while we’re seeing this increase in advocacy around political issues, there hasn’t been a substantial increase in young Australians being elected into government.

The recent ‘School Strike for Climate’ in Melbourne saw young Australians turn out in droves to support a cause they believe in, but the tangible impact of such activism is under question.