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The “alarming” non-voting levels among young Kiwis must change, Winston Peters says.

The NZ First leader gave a guest lecture to students at Victoria University on Wednesday morning, speaking about the need for youth engagement in politics.

Peters said the “free-market ideology” of recent governments had failed young people, creating “artificial competition” for housing, jobs and places at universities.

“You were born well after the experiment, and it doesn’t look too glorious to me … in fact, I see your generation far worse off than when we went to university, and that’s a fact.

“We could get a job, work hard over the holidays and have enough saved to get all we needed for university for the next year if we worked the May and August holidays.

“Try that now and you know what you’ll run into? A quarter of a million people from offshore with work visas in your country.”

Peters said the number of young people who did not vote was “alarming”, and he encouraged the students to turn out at the next election.

For decades, the percentage of the youth vote, or the non-vote amongst young people, has been concerning.

“There are many young people who say ‘why bother voting, it doesn’t matter’.

“Really? Well, I disagree. Each moment of your life, waking or sleeping, the policies of governments are affecting you, and often adversely so.

“Politics does matter and; if that’s the case, would you not be smart to have your say in what those policies are and the political environment to improve them?”

Thanked by one student for “putting on a show” with Speaker David Carter at Question Time – Peters has been ejected several times in recent months, including on Tuesday – the NZ First leader described Carter’s interactions with him as “an outrage”.

“Unfortunately for him, I wasn’t taking any crap either.”

I can’t wait for the 2017 elections.  The mood Winston is in, it’s going to be better than that abortion of an election hijacked by Kim Dotcom, the Media and Hager.


– Sam Sachdeva, Stuff

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