BUND­ABERG MP LEANNE DON­ALD­SON

NewsMail - - YOUNG PEOPLE IN POLITICS -

I EN­COUR­AGE all young peo­ple to get in­volved in pol­i­tics and be in­formed on the is­sues that af­fect them. Th­ese young peo­ple are our fu­ture and their views are im­por­tant.

Re­cently we saw more than 20,700 Queens­lan­ders aged 18–25 en­rol with the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion for the postal sur­vey on same-sex mar­riage – this shows how young peo­ple are en­gaged with pol­i­tics.

I was lucky to have a fam­ily that was very in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics, so my ear­li­est mem­ory of be­ing po­lit­i­cal was when I was in pri­mary school and I wrote a protest song about Malcolm Fraser. I’ve al­ways had an aware­ness of how pol­i­tics im­pacts the lives of young peo­ple and how many young peo­ple don’t re­alise the power they have – their vote.

In 2016 we saw the for­ma­tion of the Bund­aberg Re­gion Youth Coun­cil giv­ing the Bund­aberg youth a voice in our com­mu­nity.

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