Katie, 23, TAS

“I wish the government understood that young people don’t exist in a vacuum to have policy done to them. We are not just a ‘cohort’, young person is not our only identity, we are people with lives, jobs and families, like anyone else.

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.”