YOUTH ELECTS TO REVEAL QUALITY
SENATE candidate Jordon Steele-John may be only 21, but he demonstrates a level of maturity and perceptiveness that seems beyond a number of prominent members of Federal Parliament. Life experience is an important element of developing a person’s understanding of the world but history is littered with countless cases of disastrous “leaders” who were old enough to know better. A number of countries in the British Commonwealth have had MPs and Ministers at the very highest levels of government in their 20s who have performed admirably. An individual elected in their early 20s will, if they remain in office, have accumulated a great amount of experience by the time they are in their 30s – while still in possession of tremendous drive and energy. Paul Keating was elected at age 25. Six years later he was a Minister, and at age 38 was the Treasurer who guided Australia through an unprecedented period of economic reform, growth and tumult. Keating divides opinion, but no one can deny his exuberance was an asset in the 1980s.