It’s pretty common these days to hear from older generations that young Australians aren’t interested in politics. There’s the common refrain that young people are apathetic, and that they are more willing to ‘like’ something on Facebook than stand up for an issue that they are concerned about. At the Chifley Research Centre we take a different view.
A couple of months ago we held a major conference in Sydney called Building a Progressive Australia. It brought together a great array of local and international speakers from the centre-left of politics who spoke about how to renew our progressive values and to rebuild our progressive movement.
What was most impressive about Building a Progressive Australia was the number of young Australians who came along and made a great contribution to the discussion and debate. We started really important conversations about the need for young people to be given the right skills and tools to go out to their communities to help build a progressive Australia.
Following on from these discussions, we decided that we needed to step up to the task of providing these opportunities for progressive young people. To get things underway, we’ve just launched a new program called the Young Progressive Leaders Program.
We’re putting the call out for 8 young Australians to sign up for two days of learning and discussion about making Australia a more progressive country. Convened by former Western Australian Premier Geoff Gallop and in partnership with Campaign Action, the 8 successful applicants will be looking at current developments in progressive politics, social-democratic thought and theory and also gaining really practical organising skills for making social change happen.
Through the program we aim to invest in new, young progressive leaders – the types of people who will be involved in the progressive politics of the next 20 years.
You can download the application form and more information here. Let your friends and networks know about the program and help build a stronger progressive movement!
What: Young Progressive Leaders Program
When: 13-14 August 2011
Application: Closes 22 July – get in quick!