YOUTH ELECTS TO RE­VEAL QUAL­ITY

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion - Gio­vanni Torre - reporter

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.

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