This youth day, meet the teenagers who transformed Australia (despite having seemingly little interest in politics)
Chloe, 16, has always found politics “a bit confusing, I don’t know much about it and I’m not really into it.”
So far, so typical for many 16-year-olds.
Except this is the same Chloe who was asked by Karl Stefanovic:
“When will you run for Prime Minister, Chloe?”
It’s the same Chloe whose campaign inspired the support of Senator Nick Xenophon.
This is the same Chloe who rattled and persuaded the Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce to deliver a $500 million rescue package to save dairy farmers.
When milk prices were slashed by greedy juggernaut dairy companies, dairy farmers like Chloe’s Dad faced bankruptcy.
Chloe’s petition urged Barnaby Joyce to review the milk pricing system and offer a relief package for farmers like her Dad. When Barnaby Joyce phoned Chloe to ask her how many signatures, he was apparently shocked at the raw number: 100,000. Barnaby listened - and acted. Half a billion dollars in relief for farmers, including $2m to review the milk pricing system
Chloe’s just one of several teenagers who’ve become engaged in political issues through easy-to-use technology.
Teens who might otherwise disengage from Australian politics feel empowered and involved in shaping the future.
None of this would happen without your signatures. This International Youth Day, it’s worth celebrating that our future is in good hands.
It’s in the hands of Connor, 14, who persuaded the Reserve Bank to print banknotes for blind people (who, incidentally, was also tipped to be next Prime Minister by Sydney Morning Herald Opinion Editor Helen Pitt):
It’s in the hands of Angelina, 16, who persuaded Aldi to stock cage-free eggs.
It’s in the hands of Josie, 14, who - 3 weeks after her mum’s suicide - persuaded Mike Baird to put domestic violence prevention lessons on the NSW school curriculum.