Unfiltered Thoughts: 2022 Federal Election

The 2022 Federal Election has been called for May 21! In the lead up to the election we’ll be amplifying the Unfiltered Thoughts of young Australians on a range of topics, issues and policies that matter to them.
What are your initial thoughts on the Federal Election?

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A Non-futuristic future

This election is one that doesn’t really matter for Australians. While it may seem important to change the leadership from the liberal party, the individuals from other parties are not that much better themselves. Therefore when thinking about this election, it doesn’t matter who is elected because it will have the same outcome because the leaders are all too similar. For real change we need younger parliament members who look towards the future, not people over the age of 50 who are in it for the money and publicity.

Josie, 18 NSW 


Election focus

The election has been called and it is time that I can head to the polls for my first Fed. election. In recent weeks politics has become somewhat disenfranchising as much of the discourse has moved away from the people to who is going to offer the most. Very little attention has been placed on floods, refugees, and mental health. If this election is actually for the people it should be based on the issues that they face at the moment.

Michael, 18 NSW


We need policy not personality

Why, after seeing the disaster this kind of politics has wrought overseas, are we letting our politicians run this federal election on personality and not policy? It is not acceptable that the media and, through our complacency, the public have let the government get away with lying to our faces and eroding public trust in the law and the parliament.

It is not acceptable that we are more focused on Albanese and Morrison as men than we are on their policies. It is not acceptable that the media hounds Albanese for forgetting unemployment figures but does push questions about Labor dropping their policy to review the JobSeeker rate. And why has no one called Morrison up on his transphobia from the same day as Albanese’s slip-up? Where are all the questions about climate policy and young people? We deserve better, from our politicians and the media that holds them to account. We deserve debate on policy that will affect us all.

Why are we even letting personality become the debate when we know – and the media knows and the LNP knows and even Emmanuel Macron knows – that Morrison is a liar and a bully and only interested in protecting his power. Why are we letting him campaign on the stance that he’s the bigger man?

Lydia, 20 NSW 


Excitement overshadowed by fear

I am in the small minority that loves politics and keeping up to date with it, so I am actually very excited for the upcoming election. That being said, as a fairly progressive young women, this excitement is being overshadowed by another three years of a Conservative party in power, who will do nothing to help with climate change, rising living costs and inequality of women in politics

Keely, 24 NSW


It’s time to do more

For me, this election is about the future of young Australians and pressuring the government to do more.

I believe that strong economic policies are integral in this election in order to provide a sense of security and stability to young Aussies. However, I also believe that as a nation we should be making sound contributions to tackle climate change and doing what we can to satisfy international conventions and lower our carbon emissions.

Voting provides young people with the chance to have a say in their futures and in this federal election, I anticipate fellow young Aussies will consider the various issues young people are likely to face in the future – not just the climate! With the rising costs of living and various job opportunities that are probable to dissolve as a result of technological change likely leading to a generation with a high unemployment rate due to unemployability, I urge fellow Australians to consider the future of Australian livelihoods by understanding the Australian economy and its importance in sustaining the Australian way of living in the 2022 federal election.

I hope that this election will urge the government to do more. More about the climate…more about employment opportunities for young Aussies and more about Australians by promoting local business and showing a sense of mateship during times of adversity.

Michael, 18 NSW


What matters to you this Federal Election?

Farmers, Climate Change and Housing

An independent commission into the price gouging of fresh produce by supermarkets, which will then lead into ensuring farmers get a fair price that allows them to pay their employees a proper rate and bolster the agriculture sector.

A proper plan to address climate change with current technologies, not relying on technology that doesn’t even exist. A plan for a sustainable transition to renewable energy, that begins the transition of workers in the fossil fuel industry to the renewable sector now rather than waiting for other countries to shut the industry down leaving them high and dry.

A solution to the housing crisis that will bring prices down, not make the market more ‘accessible’ with reduced deposits and interest rates that will cause massive financial hardships in the long run.

Sonisha, 19 NSW 


Working Young Australians- What is really ahead?

Young Aspirational Workers in Australia currently have experienced years of stagnant wages or very low increases at best. In 2018 as part of budget repair measures the Australian Gov implemented a new repayments percentage on income earners. At the time this was seen as required to share the burden of budget repair.

In 2022 these settings are no longer working due to intense cost-of-living increases, especially housing costs such as rent or maybe a mortgage. By resetting the repayment rates back to 2017 levels will give Young Aspirational Working Aussies the chance to have a little more in their take home pay to survive, to pay their rent, and maybe spend in our economy to support recovery from the pandemic.

The HECS Loans will be repaid! They simply will be repaid a bit slower to ease what is now intolerable pressure on our Youngest Workers.
join me in asking for a RESET of the HECS repayments policy to give Aussies a fair-go.

Sjon, 29 WA


Bless the NDIS

Recent comments made by the current Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, about whether parents of those children who have disabilities have or have not been blessed was quite disrespectful. Especially due to the health crisis in the country right now. If he feels so lucky to be ‘blessed’ why doesn’t he make it a higher concern to ensure families of those with disabilities and the individuals themselves have an easier time navigating health care and especially the NDIS?

Hannah, 19 WA 


Diversity and Inclusion in Parliament

I would like to see the Parliament implementing policies that will contribute to vast social change and valuing lived experiences and representation in decision making. Better support systems must be in place for mirgants, refugees and first nations people. Anti-racism policies and laws should also be enacted. Stricter policies and laws for sexual misconduct should be implemented in line with the Jenkins Report Recommendations. I believe all young people are entitled to work in a role for themselves in our democracy and political parties should set realistic targets to ensure our Parliament is reflective of the diversity of the country we live in.

Kayshini, 24 NSW


What are they actually campaigning for?

Thinking about the election is something that I do every morning as I pass the signs that are on front lawns, posted on billboards and are hanging on broken fences. For me the most important issues this election are around mental health and dental health and the fight for mental and dental health to be covered under Medicare. Another important issue for myself is the current immigration and refugee support Australia is offering. Another important issue is the current cost of living and the rise in inflation rates.

It was just last night that my roommate and I were discussing how disappointed we are in the fact, that it seems that all the current political leaders care about is bagging each other out and not actually informing us about what policies and issues they are going to fight for this election.

Madieson, 23 WA


What election?

I really don’t care about the election and I feel like a lot of teens like me don’t either. I don’t even know what the different parties are and what they provide and will contribute. I feel like at school, I wasn’t really taught about it and like that’s why it’s not really a big issue in my life, although it probably is really important to me. I’m just too busy doing and worrying about other stuff. I will vote though and hopefully I vote the right party.

Jarry, 20 WA


The In-Between Kids

Over 10% of the population is aged 15-24. So why aren’t the competing parties, let alone the government itself, talking about us this election?

Our voices, our lives, and ultimately our votes, matter just as much because we are the future.

More and more young people are struggling with eating disorders. However, inpatient services across the country only cater to two age groups – under 16 and over 18. When my anorexia was at my worst, I was 17 and risked dying because there wasn’t a place suitable for my age.

16-17-year-olds are left in the in-between and that is a dangerous thing.

It is life and death.

My unfiltered thoughts? Whoever wins needs to step up and lend a hand in saving our youth, especially those in the middle, because it’s only going to get worse as more and more people fall victim to eating disorders.

Samantha, 18 WA 


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