Labor to bring youth voice to parliament

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Federal Labor plans to give younger Australians a voice to parliament to bring them closer to decisions that affect their lives.

If elected, Labor will establish an office for youth, appoint a youth minister, run town hall-style meetings and hold local forums to harvest ideas.

"Under the Morrison government, young people have been denied the opportunity to be part of forming the policies and making the decisions that impact their lives and futures," Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said.

Mr Albanese said young people faced a housing affordability crisis, a future of high underemployment, depleted retirement savings, and significant barriers to education and training.

"The government's programs specifically for young people have continually and spectacularly failed - including JobMaker, the Youth PaTH program, and the Youth Taskforce," he said.

Labor's plans also include annual summits to encourage young Australians across the country to participate in debating and shaping government policy, and to trust democracy.

A federal election is due within a year.

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