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Young voters swayed by social media scandals

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 18/05/2019 8:30:00 Freya Noble

Young voters find the major party leaders difficult to relate to, but don't have a lot of faith in the minor parties to get things done either.

That's the consensus from Ruby and Ben, who are both voting in a federal election for the first time today.

They spoke to nine.com.au a fortnight ago, and were both undecided who they cast their first ballot for on May 18.

Ruby, 20, is concerned about climate change and affordable housing. © Nine.com.auRuby, 20, is concerned about climate change and affordable housing.

Since then they've made up their minds, but still feel politicians could be doing more to connect with young people on core issues such as climate change and housing affordability.

Ruby admitted she sits more to the left of the political spectrum, but said earlier she was considering voting for the Liberal Party "so we can at least have some stability."

"Now I'm definitely leaning towards Labor. Ideally, I'd go for the Greens but they don't really have enough power to make change," she told nine.com.au this week.

"I think the way that Labor haver tackled their issues, and the way Bill Shorten he gives more of an empathetic side to himself than Scott Morrison does and I think that resonates with a lot of young people."

Voting preferences and social media scandals also played into her decision-making process.

a person posing for the camera: Ben, 19, says his moral compass will guide him when it comes to voting. © Nine.com.auBen, 19, says his moral compass will guide him when it comes to voting.

"I don't really love either of them, I feel like Labor is the lesser of two evils really.

"(But) I think Liberal has a preferential vote with the United Australia Party, and I'm not a big fan of Clive Palmer either so that's definitely a no go.

"(And) there's been all those social media scandals like the nightclub, and the female politician from the Liberal Party that's made those awful comments about other women that's definitely turned me off that party for good."

Ben, who lives in the electorate of Bennelong, said "insensitive" comments about Fiji and the Pacific Islands turned him off a candidate.

"The local member for the seat I'm in made some pretty insensitive comments about the Pacific Islands and that turned me off.

"It turned me off that local member quite a bit," he told nine.com.au.

At the start of this month, the sitting Liberal MP for Bennelong, John Alexander, told a forum that the Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama asked Australia to stop burning coal, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Mr Alexander said instead, we should assist our Pacific neighbours move to higher ground, comments he has since tried to downplay.

Ben previously told nine.com.au climate change was a big issue for him.

"I knew before that I was going to vote for a major party, a lot of the minor parties are too single-visioned."

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