Students pitch in on politics
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.
year 12 students Jayden Maguire, Murray Walker, Sean Kelly and Leigh Metzger