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Inequality in Australia: a young person’s perspective

Youth Public opinion Social justice Australia
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Understanding how issues affect young people starts with listening to them and hearing their perspectives. Many organisations and stakeholders try to work in the interests of young people without asking their views on the issues that affect them most. 

That's why we surveyed 3,400 young people to seek their views on the issues that they care about and which have the greatest impact on their lives. 

We overwhelmingly found that young people place a huge value on fairness, equity and equality within Australia. Their attitudes and goals on important issues such as education, employment and housing are most often altruistic and aimed at creating a better society for everyone.  

On critical issues young people are seeing widening inequality gaps within society as a whole, between generations and even within their own peer group.

They are also overwhelmingly disappointed by government's response to their issues, citing politicians' lack of vision and inability to listen to young people. They feel that governments are not acting in their best interests or the interests of future generations.  

Our report provides direct quotes from young people on issues that are having an impact on them.

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