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“Change is hard and in the last decade we’ve seen governments of every stripe struggle to implement big reforms. Its cliche but true that young people have a capacity to think long term, see the world as it could be and put a huge amount of energy into making it so.”

Tom, 24, TAS
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“The casualisation of the workforce means jobs – in retail, hospitality and the service industry, for example, are insecure. These jobs are predominantly filled by young people; young people with families, young people with bills to pay, young people with educational needs and costs.”

Claire, 19, TAS
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“My community suffers due to a lack of some opportunities, however thrives in the way it is so very kind. After all, Tasmanians give more to charity as a percentage of their income than any other state.”

Imogen, 20, TAS
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“Too often, government policy talks about young persons issues – unemployment, the housing crisis, student debt, social disengagement. But they forget to actually talk to young people, to remember that we are lawyers, parents, volunteers, students, public servants, and tax-payers. Policy that affects us should be done with us, not to us.”

Katie, 23, TAS
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“The solutions to so many of the big problems we will be facing in the future, climate change, resource management, and sustainability, will be solved by scientists.”

Cassady, 18, TAS
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“There is so much nuance and individuality that is missed in the attention-grabbing, aggressive and negatively charged discourse around young people today. We must remind ourselves: we are always complex, we are doing our best, and we should be proud.”

Tom, 20, TAS