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Engaging Australian youth with democracy

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THE HON DR SHARMAN STONE MP Federal Member for Murray

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Engaging Australian youth with democracy

The United Nations has declared 15 September International Day of Democracy. The day focuses attention on the different democracies and encourages participation in government.

The focus this year is on “Strengthening Voices for Democracy” to highlight the importance of an individual’s participation.

“The House of Representatives together with MTV and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.) are auspicing a project to engage Australian youth,” Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone said.

People born between 1982 and 2003 or the ‘Millennial Generation’ can nominate as a Millennial Leader by uploading a 30-second video and answering four questions at This needs to be done between September 15 - October 10.

“The Millennial generation represents 30% of the Australian population but accounts for 46% of the 1.2 million Australians who have not enrolled to vote. This is a real shame,” Sharman Stone said.

The informal vote was slightly higher this election in Murray. It was 6.22%, a bigger vote than that received by 9 of the 11 candidates.

The Millennial Leader chosen will spend time in Canberra learning about parliament, participating in discussions and report on parliament from a youth perspective.

Five candidates will be shortlisted and given the opportunity to campaign during a three-week public voting period.

The elected Millennial Leader will be announced on November 14, 2013. He or she will be ‘in office’ until 15 September 2014, next year’s UN International Day of Democracy.

More details on the project and voting process, is available at

Media: Mary Coad 0400941210