Hooked on politics at 18
ONE tour of State Parliament was all it took for Warwick student Adam Clayton to be hooked on politics.
The 18-year-old confesses his leanings as a 16-year-old were to the left but the LNP member and first-time voter has now positioned himself firmly in the Bruce Scott camp, planning to help with pre-election campaigning.
“When I heard of the Liberal leadership spill, I was happy Tony Abbott took the leadership. He was the best of the choices,” Mr Clayton said.
“I can certainly say a lot of my friends aren’t too excited about politics and I don’t think they are looking at the parties with much hope.”
Mr Clayton thought this was due to a combination of issues, one being maybe they didn’t feel politicians were acting in their interests.
“I’m very aware that a system that obligates you to vote doesn’t ensure political interest (but) in saying that, there are a number of young voters that take some interest,” he said.
LNP candidate and current member for Maranoa Bruce Scott said if elected his party policy of reducing the youth allowance requirement of a 30-hour working week to a 15-hour working week would be of particular benefit to Southern Downs youth.
“This is a big issue for young people from the Warwick area in secondary education as they have to leave home and it becomes a big financial burden.
“Because of this people opt not to go onto secondary education and that’s a lifetime choice.”