Young people want employment opportunities
This year is the first time Zara will vote in a federal election. A proud Lutruwita woman from Tasmania, Zara has been enrolled to vote since the day she turned 16.
Some people might think that young people don't have enough life experience to be able to contribute to a discussion. But just because they are young doesn't mean they don't understand the big issues.
Zara was five when the global financial crisis hit and her dad lost his job, she told The Examiner.
“I am from a family of four children and my mum had just given birth to my younger brother. I remember how hard those economic conditions were on my family,” says Zara.
“Fast forward to COVID and my mum's work hours were severely cut back, and my dad was unfortunate to lose his job for a second time."
“As an 18-year-old I helped support the family by working to contribute to the family's bills and cost of living.”
Today as a UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador Zara is calling on the successful government to form a National Youth Advisory Council to provide a platform for young people to actively consult on issues and spearhead initiatives.
Zara says we can be instrumental in meaningful change on some of the biggest issues of our generation.
“We only need to remember that people who can make a difference don't only come over the age of 25.”