Stu­dents pitch in on pol­i­tics

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THEY might be too young to vote, but Moss­man High School se­niors are speak­ing up about is­sues that con­cern them af­fect­ing the whole re­gion.

State Mem­ber David Kemp­ton re­cently vis­ited the school and was in­ter­viewed by film stu­dents who raised im­por­tant is­sues and ex­pressed their de­sire to be kept in­formed.

Year 12 stu­dent Sean Kelly asked David Kemp­ton sev­eral ques­tions i nclud­ing about Queeens­land be­com­ing two states, the fu­ture of dairy farms and the Great Bar­rier Reef.

‘‘I got David Kemp­ton in to ask about the po­ten­tial of North Queens­land as a state, if North Queens­land was to sep­a­rate would it be sus­tain­able with rev­enue gen­er­ated,’’ he said.

‘‘I feel the gen­eral con­sen­sus amongst young peo­ple in this up­com­ing elec­tion is the Great Bar­rier Reef, we don’t be­lieve it is be­ing harmed and don’t want to see the reef closed to recre­ational and com­mer­cial fish­er­men.’’

Sean’s crew who helped with the film­ing en­joyed meet­ing David Kemp­ton and be­lieve that more po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives should take the time to speak with the younger gen­er­a­tions.

Leigh Met­zger said it is a two- way street and teach­ers should be in­tro­duc­ing mod­ern news into school classes, to keep the youth in­formed on cur­rent events.

‘‘The only time we know ex­actly what’s go­ing on is through the me­dia and that can be one-sided - we want to know what’s go­ing and not just from the me­dia,’’ he said.

Jay­den Maguire be­lieves more ser­vices are needed for teenagers, in­clud­ing youth coun­selling, and more pro­mo­tion needs to be done to let the youth know help is avail­able.

‘‘We’ve had a few kids tak­ing their lives not long ago who didn’t have sup­port and we want some­thing done about it, this is our most im­por­tant time of our lives,’’ he said.

The younger gen­er­a­tions are con­cerned about their fu­ture ca­reers and Mur­ray Walker wants to see more in­cen­tives for peo­ple to get a trade.

‘‘ I would like to see tradies be­ing able to get zero- in­ter­est loans from the fed­eral govern­ment for equip­ment to help ap­pren­tices be­cause they don’t get paid much and equip­ment can be ex­pen­sive,’’ he said.

From more youth ser­vices to job se­cu­rity and be­ing kept in the loop, the next gen­er­a­tion of vot­ers want more ac­tion.

Pic­ture: ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

FILM­ING:

year 12 stu­dents Jay­den Maguire, Mur­ray Walker, Sean Kelly and Leigh Met­zger

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