Canberra, May 11 : There are almost 120 candidates aged under 35 battling for a position in federal parliament at this election.Sophie from the ACT was curious to know about millennials running at this election, so she contacted the ABC's You Ask We Answer project.
How many candidates are "millennial"? Millennials are generally defined as those born between 1981 and 1996, but we took the question to refer to young candidates generally, and looked at candidates under 35.
There are almost 120 candidates under the age of 35 running in this election. The Coalition has 22 young candidates while Labor has 23 and the Greens are fielding 50, according to an ABC News report.
There are also more young voters at this election than ever before, and you can see the age demographics of the electorate bellow.
Embed: About 96.8 per cent of eligible Australians are enrolled to vote.
Jacqui Munro is the second youngest female candidate running for the Liberal Party in this election, and she does think her candidacy is unusual."I think the Liberal Party has offered me some incredible opportunities," she said.
"As a young 28-year-old, bisexual woman who hasn't always toed the party line … It has never prevented me from engaging with ideas in the Liberal Party."Jacqui Munro, a young Liberal candidate at the 2019 federal election, stands in a pub holding her saxophone. Ms Munro previously worked as a media advisor for the marriage equality campaign, and she is running in the seat of Sydney against Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek.
"At the moment my favourite Australian hero is Stephen Bradbury, who famously slid to victory as those in front of him crashed to defeat," she said.The challenge to be heard by voters as a Liberal in a safe Labor seat has led Jacqui to hit the campaign trail in some unorthodox ways.
"I'm going around to different trivia nights in the electorate and, as a way to introduce myself that's a little unexpected, I am playing a 'guess this song' segment on my tenor saxophone," she said.
"They see that I am a real person who has interests in my own life outside politics." Emerald Moon, 24, said she is running for the Greens party in Queensland to address the lack of diversity in Australian politics.
"I was always passionate about the environment and social justice but I didn't see people who looked like me in parliament," she said.
"I guess young women in parliament were very few and far between and even in this election in the [electorate] of Bowman I'm running against all men.""They're all a fair bit older than me so I stick out like a sore thumb."
The safe Liberal seat of Bowman in Brisbane's south-eastern suburbs has been held by the Liberal National Party's Andrew Laming since 2004.
At the last election, the Greens polled just under 10 per cent in Bowman, but despite her chances, Ms Moon believes she can send a strong message on housing.
"Anyone who has ever struggled to pay rent or hasn't been listened to by a politician regardless of what age they are, I also have a connection with them and they will understand why I am running." Tyler Walsh, 20, had been eyeing off joining One Nation for a while. "Since they got elected into the Senate in the last federal election," he said. "I listened closely to what Pauline Hanson was saying in her speeches and I was in full support."
"In particular I think One Nation is famous for their stance on immigration into the country," he said. "I guess, yeah, that policy attracted me." He said his choice of party has been broadly accepted by his friends and family — even if they are not in favour of One Nation.
The party has recently been at the centre of controversy after Steve Dickson was filmed groping strippers in the United States and he and Pauline Hanson's chief of staff, James Ashby, were filmed soliciting funds from the US lobby group, the National Rifle Association."My family are fully supportive of me," Tyler Walsh said.
"With my friends, yeah, my friends do definitely support me through my candidacy even though I have friends with political opinions who might not agree with me running for One Nation."
"It's good that I have friends with different views because I think that friendship goes beyond just what you believe in and your political views."
Despite running in Moore, a seat held safely by Liberal Ian Goodenough, Tyler Walsh said it is an honour in itself to run for One Nation.
"Win or lose I feel like running for [Moore] is something that I am particularly proud of, regardless of the outcome of this election."
Declan Steele, 19, is running in the safe Liberal seat of Mackellar in Sydney's northern beaches for Labor so that the Liberal party won't "rest on their laurels".
"Many people my age feel like the political deck has been stacked against them in pursuit of older voters," the Macquarie University student said.
Only a few days after the election was called by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Mr Steele found himself having to explain why he was on holiday in Malaysia and Singapore during the opening week of the campaign.
"Going on that holiday was a longstanding promise to my father and brother," he said. "The unfortunate timing was to avoid disrupting my brother's Year 11 studies, which we ultimately felt were more important."
Declan's interest in politics began when he was eight years old and saw an advertisement featuring former prime minister Kevin Rudd."He seemed nicer and more caring than (John) Howard," he said.
He is campaigning on housing affordability, in an electorate where the average house price is now over $1 million dollars.
"A quarter of a century ago the Northern Beaches was an affordable area. Now a house selling for under a million is news.
"Young people and those of less means are being forced to either put themselves under massive financial strain or move, leaving friends and family behind. It shouldn't have to be this way."
But even though Declan's chances of winning against Liberal candidate Jason Falinksi are not good — the seat has been held by the Liberal party for 70 years — he is still optimistic.
"Hope springs eternal, but I'm not delusional. I accept that I have, to put it mildly, an uphill battle against Jason Falinski and, increasingly, independent Alice Thompson." (UNi)