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Beyond Your Command: Youth Activism Today

On the streets, on the airwaves and online – a new generation of young Australian activists are speaking up and demanding action on climate change, Indigenous self-determination, queer rights and more.

In this conversation, we'll hear from leading young Australian voices across intersecting political movements. They’ll discuss the tide of youth activism sweeping many parts of the globe, and the increasing appetite for challenging the status quo here at home. What would this country look like if young people were seen, heard and taken seriously? What does advocacy look like for young people whose voices haven’t traditionally been sought? And how might we change our political institutions to ensure the future is not hostage to the whims and debts of the presently powerful?

Join us for a conversation about action, strategy and staking claims on the future.

Presented in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.


Portrait of Aretha Brown

Aretha Brown

Aretha Brown is an artist, activist and the former Prime Minister of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament. A key speaker for the past two years at Melbourne’s annual Invasion Day rally, she has also appeared on Q&A’s youth special, and is a vocal activist on conversations around intersectionality, being a queer Indigenous person, and the continuous struggle to decolonise herself.

Portrait of Paige Burton

Paige Burton

Paige is an NGO messaging and campaigning consultant. She was the 2017 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations, conducting the largest ever consultation of Australian young people. She previously served as the National Education Director and Chair of the Board for United Nations Youth Australia. 


Portrait of Lawrence Reginald Chang

Lawrence Reginald Chang

Lawrence Chang is a queer person of colour who enjoys video games and music. They work for the Department of Health and Human Services, and volunteer as a Cub Scout Leader for Carlton Scout Group. They believe that young people are our future and are the ones to lead us to a better tomorrow.

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