Anish, 22, WA

“I wish the government realised that underestimating the potential of young people based on labels or stereotypes derived from how we look or sound is deeply unhelpful in achieving meaningful social progress.

I am incredibly proud to be a gay first-generation immigrant; but that doesn’t mean that my identity is solely defined by my sexual orientation, my ethnicity, or my age. The government needs to recognise that our identities and values are shaped by complex factors that extend beyond these visible labels.

The sooner the government begins to celebrate the rich diversity of young people who call Australia home, the sooner our society will begin to appreciate the immense potential of young people in leading powerful social change.”