Wyatt Roy speaks at Twin Waters

Wyatt Roy says PM can 'capture the imagination' of youth

OUTGOING Caboolture MP - and the youngest person to be elected to parliament - Wyatt Roy says Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull can "capture the imagination" of young Australians.

Mr Roy, who lost the electorate of Longman to Labor's Susan Lamb, said Federal Parliament needed more young politicians if it were to reflect Australia's diverse population.

Mr Roy was elected in 2010 at 20 years old.

He swiftly became an important voice on youth issues for the Turnbull government, often appearing on the nation's youth broadcaster Triple J to spruik the Coalition's agenda.

"I think Malcolm Turnbull is incredibly well-placed to capture the imagination of young Australians," Mr Roy told the ABC.

"Perhaps to a lesser extent, but (similar to) the way that we talk about gender or ethnicity or professional background, it is really important that we have diversity in age in the parliament.

"When the Parliament works at its best, it is representative of the Australian people, and that includes having a few younger people in there, and that might also help (the government) have a longer term vision.

Mr Roy said it was vital politicians did not underestimate the intelligence  of Australia's youth.

"I think young people are actually pretty smart, they're pretty astute," he said.

"I don't think they are politically naive, I just think they feel disenfranchised from the political system."

Victorian Liberal Senator James Paterson, 28, is now the country's youngest MP. - ARM NEWSDESK



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