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idealism of truth that -- youth is

that man catches sight of youth.

This weekend in Canberra, 100 young

Australians will gather

Australians will gather at

Parliament House to map out their Parliament House to map out

vision for the future. Co-chairs of

the event, Youth Minister Kate

Ellis and Hugh Evans join us. Great

to be with you. Just before we

start, you're the Minister for

Sport? I am. Should we allow the

Olympic torch relay to hit our

shores? Well, I think we've

with the torch certainly seen some controversy

with the torch relay. That's an

understatement. There is an

ugliness associated with it now.

It's become a farce? If there are

protests in Australia - and we live

in a robust democracy, people have

every right to go out and voice

their opinions. We're not trying to

silence them. We're saying to

please keep it peaceful. And also,

as the Minister for Sport, it would

be great to have focus

be great to have focus on the

amazing Olympians who have been

training for years, out there every

morning. Let's focus on them and

use this as an opportunity to show

some of our support. There are

plenty of people who would agree

with you. I agree with you. Of

course we want to see the athletes

doing well. When we see these sorts

of scenes, one has to ask is it

safe to have it in Australia? The host country, it

host country, it really shines a

spotlight on them. And people argue

for boycotts and other things. When

was the last time you saw such a was the last time you saw such

debate about human rights? When was

the last time we've studied China

in this instance to this degree? I

think that's a positive thing.

Having debates about these, having

them in the open and shine

agmicroscope about what's going on

is positive. We've got to make sure

we keep it peaceful and

we keep it peaceful and it doesn't

get ugly. We should use the

Olympics as a political event? We

should focus on the athletes but I

don't think we should tell people

that they can't voice their

opinions. I've taken to the streets

myself throughout my life. You

rebel. Nothing too rebellious.

Probably to my mother's disgust I

got involved in the student politic

side of things too much.

side of things too much. Education

not just for the rich. That's right.

That's part of Australia, that's

part of who we are. I don't want to

silence people. I think it's

wonderful that so many young people

are being invited to be part of

the 2020 Summit. And Hugh, you've

been booted out of your job. You

met David last week. The Oak Tree Foundation, you stepped down

recently, after starting it. We're recently, after starting it.

excited about the Youth 2020 Summit.

It will be an enormous opportunity

for young people to come together

and set a strong plan and vision

for Australia's future. I'm rapt

about it. Who are they and how do

we know the Government? Tell us

what will happen? Who are the youth,

students, employed or unemploy

under There's a

under There's a mixture. There's

slightly more females than men come

in. There's 51%, 49% going. And the

way it all workicide that we had

about 1200 applicants, enormous

number of applicants. We waded

through every one of those

applicants, got it to the top 250

and then we selected the top 100.

We read through every single

application. Ultimately, we came

application. Ultimately, we came

down to those top 100 delegates and

we're excited there's a cross

section across age, gender, geo-political representation all

across the country. Quite enormous.

What were you looking for? When you

say you go through their resumes ,

who are you looking for, people who

Not have made their mark politically?

Not so much politically. We want people who have good skills and

good ideas to bring to the table.

We've got to have people who have

good ideas for the future. Even if

they hadn't had great experience,

if they had something to contribute,

we were looking for that. Before we

discuss the topics on the agenda,

what will happen to what you come

up with this weekend? Where does it

go then? What guarantees are there that someone will listen to

that someone will listen to it? We

think it's really important we

bring young people to the table.

Obviously we listen to the ideas

they're putting forward and we act

upon them. The Youth Summit is one

way we're doing this. And the ideas

that are generated on the weebd

will be fed in to the 2020 Summit

the following weekend. We'll have

10 of the young people from this

weekend going to the 2020 Summit

and the PM's Summit the

and the PM's Summit the following

weekend to push those ideas.

They'll be discussed and debated

then. We're making sure that not

just these 100 people. The

Government wants young people to be

involved in public discussion, to

be a part of debate and feel

they're empowered to play a role.

We're setting up a whole range of

different ways young people can be involved. We're currently working

on a framework for what will be

called the Australian

called the Australian Youth Forum

where young people, not just one

weekend, but any time, any year,

can be a part of debate and can

have discussion with Government. We

might not always agree, but we

think it's really porn that people

feel empowered and don't feel that

they're not a part of the process.

And I think that's happening too

much at the moment. From the

interview process you've already

gone through to select the top 100,

what are you hearing from them

about their concerns? What

about their concerns? What are the

top five issues? Would say if you

look at the top five issues, I

think you look at things like

climate change is particularly

important for young people. We want

a future that actually, we don't

want a fried future. Neither do I.

If we look at the issue of global

poverty as a key concern. Also if

you look at mental health is a key issue for young people

issue for young people because

there are tragically seven people

who take their lives every day,

many of them are young people. We

also are looking at the issue of

the future of Australia as a

knowledge nation, of critical

importance to us. All of these

issues and more are so important to

young people. I think the summit

gives an opportunity not just to

say, "Motherhood statements about

want to what they feel." About what they

want to do about it. The big hiccup

here, it seems to me, though, is

there's the exuberance and the

idealism of youth and it's very

easy for youth to go in there and

say, "We want to change the world,

we don't want climate change, but

then you butt up against the older

heads who have the practical heads who have the

experience. You've experienced

experience. You've experienced

that? We know every idea needs a

champion. We don't expect the

Government to click its magic

finger and say, "I agree with you, let's make this happen." We

recognise that. When we had the

Make Poverty History concert a

couple of years ago , it took

commitment. It took people working

together at a ground-roots level.

It would be a misconception to walk

in to this weekend to say, "Just

because I care about something that

will happen, that's not how it

happens." It happens if you have a

good idea and you're willing to

champion it. I know the PM has been

a mentor for you in the past? He's

very good at being involved in

issues. He came along to our concert at the Sydney Opera House

last year and got right behind it.

He's been involved with Oak Tree before. His children, Nick

before. His children, Nick and Jess

were involved in Oak Tree as well

in Brisbane. On a personal level,

he often sends a text message of

encouragement saying... Does he

send it in Mandarin? Wouldn't be

able to read it. Have you got his

private phone number? I don't know.

I'm take that as a yeah. Speaking of

of the Government, the sudden

realism and the seriousness of

being in Government, how has that

affected your youthful idealism?

Are you asking if I think I'm

rapidly ageing? What a rude

question, David. No, I'm asking you,

we think about Peter Garrett and

what he stood for before he came a Minister and

Minister and had to toe the party

line? The reason that anybody gets

involved in politics is because

they want to make a difference.

Whatever side you're on, you might

have different ways. The reality is

you need to be in Government to do

that and sometimes you have

challenge and there are hard issues

and that happens. It sure beats the

alternative. It's a fantastic thing,

every day you get to wake up and say, "What

say, "What can I do in my portfolio

today that helps get us towards the

goals we're going towards? In sport,

what can I do to make young people

turn off the television and go out

there and run around and get

active? What can I do to make young

people feel they can stand up and

say, "I want to be listened to and

put forward my ideas to Government?"

That's a fantastic position to be

in. As a Sports Minister,

in. As a Sports Minister, now

you're the Sports Minister, how do

you react when you see headlines

and pictures of Australian Olympic

swimmers involved in nightclub

brawls? Obviously I think it's

pretty disappointing when we have

scandals like that and they come up

from time to time and they will in

the future if we're living in

reality. When you- a young group of

people that large, then sometimes

things are going to go wrong. things are going to go wrong. But as

as the Sports Minister, I think

it's really important that we also

focus on the overwhelming majority

who are amazing role models.

They're living healthy lives and

going out in the schools and

teaching young people about the

benefits of getting active. They're

training and have amazing discipline. It's important I try

and shine a spotlight on some of

those success stories as well because that's the

because that's the majority of

athletes I come across. In much the

same way Peter Garret, it has had

to tread a careful line, how then

do you cope with the separation of

politics and sport, because there

isn't a great deal of separation at

times like Olympics and

particularly what we're seeing

overseas at the moment? I think

it's just that we make sure there

is a separation. I don't think we

is a separation. I don't think we

always want politics moving on in

to the sporting arena. We want

sport to be about the game that's

before us, about the athletes. We

need to make sure there's focus on

that. As Australians, we are a bit

sports mad. We hold our sporting

heroes up within our community.

That means there's an amazing

opportunity. When we were talking

about the binge drinking

about the binge drinking campaign,

to get our sporting heroes on board

to spread the message ourselves. We

know they're held up within our

community. I think sport can be a

powerful medium of bringing

communities together and achieving

other goals. And I'd like to see us

try and utilise that even further

in the future. If ever there was a

stepping stone in to politics, Hugh,

it would be this weekend's Youth

it would be this weekend's Youth

Summit. Is that the next step for

you? Well, I mean, I don't know if

you've ever heard about William

Wilberforce who abolished slavery.

He's a role model of mine and I

want to be like him. Whatever I do

in the future t will be to create

enormous change because I believe

change is possible and we've change is possible and we've seen

that already with Make

that already with Make Poverty

History but we can see it even

better. If it's politics, that's

great. If it's not, there's so many

vehicles in business, media,

community engagement. You actually

can get out there and be a huge and

powerful voice on issues that are

important. More people are doing it

because there's incredible people

young and old who are doing amazing things. Aren't you off

things. Aren't you off to

Obsferred? Yes. I can study for the

next two years over in the UK,

which is fantastic. I find it

fascinating you don't have a

clear-cut direction? You're not

revealing it? I recognise in life

things don't always happen. And

there are challenges along the way.

I know where I want to head. I

wants to be the man who works

towards the end of extreme poverty

in our lifetime and I think it can

be done. If I use politics as a

vehicle to do that, that's

fantastic. And I'll do that. I care

about the goal, not the process.

Not the profile? Precisely. If you'd like more information on the

Australia 2020 Summit, you can go

to the website. Great to see you for the first time