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New ideas for Australia 2020

Expanding preventative health strategies, introducing a sustainability challenge and paid parental leave were some of the key issues young people from the 2020 Youth Summit want the nation’s leaders to address at the Australian 2020 Summit next weekend.

The Federal Minister for Youth and Youth Summit co-chair, Kate Ellis thanked the 100 Youth Summit participants for their passion, quality ideas and commitment to make Australia a better place.

"The 2020 Youth Summit has shown that young Australians have a bold vision for the future of our country and some new ideas about how we can make it a reality," Ms Ellis said.

"The youth delegates are determined to make sure Australia in 2020 is a smarter, fairer, greener and healthier place. I have no doubt that their passion, ideas and enthusiasm will help achieve this."

Ms Ellis and co-chair Hugh Evans also announced the 11 delegates from this weekend’s Youth 2020 Summit who had been chosen to attend the Australia 2020 Summit on 19-20 April.

Youth delegates participated in a secret ballot to select delegates to go on next weekend.

The 11 young people who will attend Australia 2020 include:

Name Age State/Territory

  • Siddhartha (Sid) Chakrabarti 24 ACT
  • Tammy Edwards 19 Western Australia
  • Naomi Gooden 23 Western Australia
  • Tim Goodwin 24 Victoria
  • Angela Ha 20 New South Wales
  • Samah (Sam) Hadid 20 New South Wales
  • Ben Kent 23 Western Australia
  • Michael Loftus 19 Victoria
  • Tom O’Connor 21 Victoria
  • Simon Sheikh 22 New South Wales
  • Owen Wareham 22 Queensland

Mr Evans congratulated the 11 young people who would join him at Australia 2020 as they had made an incredible contribution the weekend.

"Young people have started to take responsibility for coming up with the solutions to the challenges we all face," Mr Evans said.

"We’re delighted the Government took the time to listen, because there is no one in the country with more at stake when it comes to the future of Australia than young Australians."

A summary of the discussions from the two days have been recorded in a communiqué presented Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to take to the major Australia 2020 summit.

For more information about the 2020 Youth Summit visit