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Generation Next: The Issues and Opportunities Facing Young Australians


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With tertiary fees and youth unemployment on the rise, an uncertain job market, increasingly elusive home ownership, and climate change knocking on the door … you’d have to think things are looking a little grim for young people in Australia today. 

But there’s plenty of scope for optimism too. The number of young people working or studying in Australia has never been higher, controversial proposals to delay access to social security for under-30s have been scrapped, Australia’s tertiary system is globally competitive, and there appears to be a growing recognition – from both public and private quarters – of the importance of fostering an economic climate suitable for start-ups and small businesses. Increasingly, too, young Australians are gaining positions of influence, persuasively articulating their needs, and creating opportunities for their peers.

In her role as chair of the G20 Youth Summit in 2014, Holly Ransom was in the unique position of securing policy demands for young people from global world leaders. Madeleine Morris will host Ransom, as well Jan Owen, CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians, and Ruchir Punjabi, founder of the Australia India Youth Dialogue, in a full hour of audience questions – providing a unique opportunity to discuss the policies, bodies, organisations, and individuals shaping the future for young Australians.


Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris is a Melbourne-based reporter for ABC television’s 7.30. She was formerly a presenter for the BBC in London and reported from dozens of countries before returning to her native Australia. She is the author of Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding: Why Your Formula-Fed Baby Can Grow ... Read more

Jan Owen

Jan Owen is the CEO of Foundation for Young Australians. Before joining FYA, Jan was Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia, which aims to increase the impact of the Australian social sector. Prior to this, Jan founded the CREATE Foundation, the national consumer bo... Read more

Holly Ransom

Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent Solutions, a company specialising in the development of high performing intergenerational workforces, leadership and social outcomes. In 2012, she was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’, and also became the world’s... Read more

Ruchir Punjabi

Ruchir Punjabi is the founder and chair of Langoor – an advertising agency of creative technologists with more than 150 people across Asia, in India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. He was also the founding chair of the Australia India Youth Dialogue, a track II diplomatic dialogue between the... Read more


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