Stephen Young, founder of the Civics Education Network in Ontario, Canada, says in order for young people to show an interest in politics, education systems must have honest and inclusive conversations.
“If we want kids to vote, to be engaged, we need to address them directly, hear their concerns, give them a reason to be engaged,” he said.
Mr Young said teenagers should be made to focus on the politics they care about, whether that be public transport, education, waste management or policing. “These are all local issues of deep interest to kids,” he said.
Young Australians may not be the most politically-engaged generation, but they will care when it matters to them.