Children have strong views on the world, but no say in the democratic process.
But while they can’t vote until they’re 18 (ie. officially grown-ups), children often have a solid sense of social justice, uneroded by the apathy that comes with age. They are more drawn to what can and should be done than what can’t.
Who else doesn’t get a say in our so-called democracy? What are the flaws of the system? What does our government look like from a child’s perspective – from the bickering in parliament to the cold pragmatism of political decision-making? And what might the world look like if children did have the right to vote?
A group of children aged 8 to 13 including Remy Anderson, Will Beattie, Lazar Feldman and Eve Nixon from St Martins Youth Arts Centre will join our host Simon Abrahams (a big kid himself, really).
Simon Abrahams is a strategic arts and cultural leader, dynamic programmer and experienced producer whose work has been recognised nationally and internationally. He is Chair of Theatre Network Victoria, and a freelance arts consultant and performer.
Eve just turned 13. She does drama, swimming, oboe and tries hard at the piano. Eve believes that people take the small things too seriously and the big things not seriously enough. She thinks a lot about how she would design her perfect bedroom and what her life will be like in the future.
Remy is eight. She loves animals, and doesn’t like eating meat, but her doctor says she has to because of a bad bout of anaemia. Remy gets angry about people killing sharks and whales. She is happy about Spring.
Lazar is 11 and wishes he had a twin. He plays guitar, has a band, does swimming, taekwondo and drama. He is a GREAT big brother to Flora and Sol, collects globes and pauses at laundromat doors because he loves the smell of washing powder. Lazar believes that everyone should be accepted for who they are and likes theatre because it lets you express your emotions.
Will is a 12 year-old comic collector with big plans for a graphic novel business. He believes that Heath Ledger was the best Joker and that playing Minecraft has brought him and his sister Rose closer together.