Young people have more at stake in politics and in policy than any generation, yet their voice is not often heard.
There are certain things that we can do to make our lives happier when we are able to work together to do things like building a public transport system. It’s all about resources for the future, thinking beyond the next election, doing what’s right and prudent; not merely what is popular at the time.
Young people have a very, very important voice in the political process. We are certainly not naive enough to believe that we are the only ones who have a voice in the political process, or that we are the only ones that care about our future, or that we even have the skills or knowledge to shape or design our future. What we do believe, though, us that no one is more invested in the future than young people. No one is more invested in decisions that are made today than young people. And someone born today, they may not have a voice, but what we decide today on how we develop our infrastructure, for example, or how we plan our cities, or how we bridge the divide between cities and regional centres, it’s not going to affect the people who are making those decisions. It will affect us, young people… Young people do have a right to have their voice heard in decisions that are made today.