Open letter from the young people of Indi

Open letter from the young people of Indi

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Indi Youth started this petition to Indi federal election candidates

As young people, we face huge challenges that are currently being ignored by the politicians: climate change poses an existential threat to our future, yet Australia has no serious climate policy; we face a crisis of affordable rental accommodation if we choose to go to university and we are also increasingly locked out of the housing market; it keeps getting harder and harder to find stable work; and if we choose to go to university to improve our job prospects we are saddled with a lifetime of debt.

Our vote is powerful. We make up 15% of the voters in Indi and our vote matters. We will help choose the next Member for Indi.

This election we ask whoever is elected to take our demands to Canberra and table them in the next Parliament. We demand:

1) Genuine action on climate change. We need a policy that addresses climate change. This means a pathway to 100% clean energy, stopping Adani, and supporting a just transition to a zero-carbon economy.

2) An improved rail service between Albury and Melbourne. VLine is, quite frankly, a terrible service. It is constantly running late, often split into buses. Young people use this train service frequently, to go to events, concerts and Melbourne’s culture more broadly, visit family and friends, travel to Broadmeadows for the airport and to come home/return during weekends and holidays from university.

3) A youth minister. We currently see little advocacy or representation of youth affairs in Federal Parliament. It was previously a portfolio started by Malcolm Fraser in 1978, then abolished by Tony Abbott in 2013. With everything that impacts youth, from youth mental health and suicide, to employability, to climate change, we need someone in Cabinet advocating for youth and our interests.

4) Better investment in our mental health services, particularly for young people. Many of us know someone who has tragically taken their own life, far too young. It is integral that we get the vital support needed to prevent the epidemic of youth suicide, particularly in rural and regional communities.

This open letter is directed to all candidates in Indi; from our young people. We hope this provides, in broad strokes, what is important to us, and where we want to see change and action in the 46th Parliament of Australia.

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