JULIE OWENS MP
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR PARRAMATTA
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURAL AUSTRALIA
BACKING THE YOUTH OF AUSTRALIA IN PARLIAMENT
Young Australians haven’t had a voice in Federal Parliament since the Abbott Government abolished the Minister for Youth in 2013.
With the abolishment of the Minster for Youth under the Liberal Party, Federal Member for Parramatta, Ms Julie Owens MP is keen to give voice to the concerns troubling young people and shed light on issues such as: youth unemployment, currently at a four decade high and mental illness, constantly on the rise.
Ms Owens is calling on young people (under 25 years) to submit a one page speech on a topic they care about to her website. Ms Owens will present selections in Parliament on behalf of our young people.
“With so many issues facing our nation that will dramatically impact the lives of young people both now and in the future, I thought it was time our youth had a platform to raise the issues they care about,” Ms Owens said.
Young people will now have a parliamentary platform to express their ideas and raise concerns that affect their lives. Matters raised can be of a local, national or global scale and reflect personal perceptions of a myriad of social issues such as the environment, housing and mental illness.
Young people can submit their speeches at Ms Owens website (https://www.julieowens.com.au/take-action/youth-voice-in-parliament) from the beginning of Youth Week (13 – 22 April 2018).
According to an online survey conducted by Triple J in 2016, 80 per cent of respondents do not believe politicians are working in young people’s best interest.
“If we’re not building a future for young people, why are we even there (in Parliament)?” Ms Owens said.
TUESDAY, 10 APRIL 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: RUBY BISSON - 0452 303 087
Authorised by Julie Owens ALP Parramatta