As a young person, I watch programs like Q&A because I want to be educated about problems facing Australians and what is being done by our government bodies and our politicians in particular. I source my news from mostly online as I like to make sure I am informed and therefore form opinions based on accurate information.
And I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I watch our politicians and shake my head. Do the middle-aged men and women understand what the young people of today have to face in their futures? As a curious cat, I googled the ages of our current 45th Parliament of Australia and found that out of 226 members, ONLY ONE WHOLE ENTIRE REAL PERSON is under the age of 30 (Parliamentary Education Office, 2017)
And it made me wonder, in the current political climate,
Are young people today interested in Australian politics?
Are young people not interested because they feel as though they aren’t heard and that one vote means nothing? Or are they interested because they want to do something about it?
I plan on using primary and secondary research in order to find out not only are they interested, but how do they engage with politics (if they do at all) and offer some possible advice to our nation’s leaders on what they could consider in order to appeal to the younger generations of Australia. I plan to find out if less and less young people are entering politics and why over one-third of Australians aged 18-24 are not enrolled to vote (according to the last election data in 2016). This includes polling, surveys and perhaps one on one interviews with people who are interested and those who aren’t. I also want to use secondary research methods to see what other academics and media publications believe about this topic and what methods can be implemented to fix it if necessary.
A personal problem that I face is that I am very passionate about this topic. I need to be more aware of my own bias while conducting any interviews or communicating at all to anyone who helps me form the basis of my primary research. During Year 12 I also completed an independent research task and ensuring bias did not filter into my work is vital in maintaining the integrity of the project – something I will strive for throughout this project. To get it all out of the way, I will be also writing another blog post that will illustrate my own views and what I think I might find.
Overall, I find that this topic will be very interesting regardless of the outcome and I look forward to discussing it with my peers, family and friends.
What do you think?
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