Voters under 40 not interested in election: academic

THIS year's Federal Budget and election campaign are failing to interest people under 40, a Griffith University researcher says.

Griffith Business School's Dr Katherine Hunt said voters in that age group were disengaged and did not have candidates who shared their values.

"And now the budget, election - they are more or less the same thing - is not delivering anything of interest or benefit to young people," she said.

Dr Hunt singled out superannuation, housing affordability and jobseeker incentives as key issues where Treasurer Scott Morrison came up short in the budget.

"As a result there is less incentive for people under 40 to invest in super," she said.

"There are less tax breaks, investing is now more complicated and there is more risk of invested money being affected by future retrospective budgets. "With super less attractive to people under 40, housing affordability is also diminished for them."

Dr Hunt also criticised the plan to place jobseekers under the age of 25 in internships of up to 25 hours a week to earn an extra $200 fortnightly on top of their welfare payments.

"How demoralising is this message?" she said.

"It's 2016 and young people want more from life than just the economy.

"They want ethical investing, social business and community-minded educational institutions."

The Millennial generation had also been missed, Dr Hunt said.

"These people are the future," she said.

"Innovation and growth don't happen when a whole generation is undereducated, disenfranchised, and in rental accommodation," she said.

"These people want to be engaged in everything, from their cereal box to their job advancement.

"Yet they are being left behind in two key political senses - actual benefits from political decision-making and policy; and the dearth of candidates who speak to their values."

Dr Hunt pointed to the impact of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders on the same demographic in the US presidential campaign.

She said he had mobilised an entire generation and would likely win if the US had compulsory voting.

"We have no candidate who has said anything remotely inspiring, visionary, or interesting to young people," she said.



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