Earlier this month, the ACT Greens announced their 2012 election line up. Among the candidates, 20 year old University of Canberra student, real estate agent, drag queen and comic Johnathan Davis. By his own admission he’s scraping by, living at home, dividing his time between studies, part time work and his, various and colourful extra curricular activities. And there’s of course Wyatt Roy in the Federal Parliament.
Today Twitter brings word that NSW Labor loyalist and former ANU Union Chair Ben Dugan is to run for the Queanbeyan City Council. Readers of RiotACT have seen his name appear on here a few times, once because of his plan to rebrand ANU Bar (never happened) and his founding of an education foundation (not sure where that went).
I don’t want to focus on these individuals, but want to throw out there the issue of life experience vs youth. What do people think about running local and territory government while still studying, or with very little experience beyond study. Is there such a thing as too young, or is it desirable vs stale politicians jaded by the political machine?