But much like their older counterparts, the three clashed on ideas, and not only with each other.
Where do they stand on climate?
Climate activist Anjali Sharma asks a question to the panel. Credit: The Body Shop
Anjali asked the Young Liberal and Young Labor leaders how the parties could continue to back new coal and gas projects when voters their age had expressed concern for the future of the climate.
“If you look at the Minerals Council of NSW, they donate to both major parties so no matter who forms government, their interests will always trump those of us and of young people.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and Opposition leader Anthony Albanese during the second leaders’ debate ahead of the federal election at Nine Studios in Sydney on 8 May 2022. Credit: ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN/AAPIMAGE
Anjali asked whether the government had a duty of care to protect young people from the impacts of climate change, a now-overturned finding from her Federal Court battle with Ms Ley in which she was the lead litigant.
“We all make our own personal choice about the energy we use, for example, if you don’t want to use fossil fuels in your house, you don’t have to,” Mr Cooley replied.
Young Labor leader: ‘Scrap negative gearing’
“I personally support scrapping negative gearing and major reforms to capital gains tax across the board, not just on housing.
Back row (left to right): youth activist and former Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil, Australia’s UN youth representative Angelica Ojinnaka, Young Labor National President Ali Amin, Greens candidate for Mackellar Ethan Jarnjak, youth advocate and educator Latoya Rule, Founder of National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition Nicola Barker, Young Liberal Federal President Clark Cooley. Front row (left to right): youth advocate Yasmin Poole, climate activist Anjali Sharma, Raise Your Voice founder Ashleigh Streeter-Jones.
“But even if you were to completely get rid of negative gearing tomorrow, house prices will continue to increase.”
Speaking to The Feed after the debate, Young Liberals leader Mr Cooley said his party’s Super Home Buyer Scheme, was about giving Australians “choice”.
“It’s allowing people to make that choice for themselves … It’s not a silver bullet, that’s for sure. There is no silver bullet, unfortunately, in housing.”
Young Liberal leader backs treaty
It was here, Mr Cooley endorsed a treaty between government and First Nations Peoples – a view not expressed by his party, but supported by Labor and the Greens.
Wayne Fella Morrison’s sibling Latoya Rule in Adelaide. Source: SBS / , Charandev Singh
“I think as a country we have just so, so much to do, in relation to this issue,” the Young Liberal leader said.
The Young Labor and Greens representative agreed more mental health providers should be directed to schools.
He said changes needed to be made to the judicial process, as well as emergency and permanent housing to better cater to women fleeing violence.
Youth advocate and former Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil asks the representatives how domestic violence can be reduced, particularly for women in minority groups, who are disproportionately affected.
Mr Cooley said better results would come if more women were engaged in political decision-making.
“Because you know, those women have to be in the conversation for that for change to happen. That has to be part of it.”
Young leaders on other youth concerns
“Anyone below that age isn’t based on their own personal merit. There’s a parental means test that means they’re assessed under their own parent’s income.
Representatives from Young Labor, Young Liberal and the Greens take questions from a panel of youth advocates. Credit: SBS The Feed
“So what you have is thousands of people unable to access Centrelink, even if they’re living out of home, work a lot while they study, which impacts their educational outcomes. It means they need to work additional hours to survive.”
“Everyone has got an issue that they care about, we need to be respectful and understanding, and young people know this, they aren’t cookie cutters.”