"I am immensely proud of the fact that I am a young person elected to this Parliament… As a young person, I hope that I can bring to this place, a long-term perspective – an inter-generational perspective to the significant policy challenges facing this nation into the future… A little over 14 million people voted on 21 August and I remind the House that more than 2.6 million of them were young Australians aged between 18 and 30. Many of these people are not so much disengaged from politics, they feel disenfranchised and excluded. The political parties of Australia – all political parties – have to offer more. They have to re-engage. Every decision we take – every vote that occurs here – affects someone. Politics should not be something that people avoid; it should be something that people own…"