AT just twenty-one years of age, the National Party’s Yvette Quinn is one of the youngest candidates ever to contest a state seat. Her age, the mark of a party trying to rebrand themselves as they look to reconsolidate the Orange electorate.
BY MADDISON LANGLEY
Youthful, enthusiastic and free of parliamentary scandal, Ms Quinn emerged from the pre-selections earlier this year an unsuspectingly obvious choice by the party faithful.
The twenty-one-year-old projects a new image being pushed by a party left in tatters. A party, who have spent the better part of the past ten months distancing themselves from the Barnaby Joyce saga.
Ms Quinn faces a daunting task… winning back the seat of Orange in regional New South Wales.
Once a National Party stronghold, the electorate voted the Nationals out in 2016 after becoming disillusioned with policy delivery.
However, she’s confident she has what it takes to come out on top against current Member for Orange, Shooters, Fishers and Farmer’s, Phil Donato.
“I’m confident my grassroots approach will show the community that I am here to deliver real outcomes for members all over the electorate.” Said Ms Quinn.
“The party has recognised what led to the loss of this seat over two years ago – and we’ve made amendments.” – Yvette Quinn
Despite her age, Ms Quinn has many years of political involvement to draw from as the next eight months of campaigning begin.
A long-serving member of youth parliament and junior member of the National Party, Yvette reflects a country which is seeing higher rates of political involvement from young people.
A joint study into youth engagement with politics, has revealed that while many young people may not be as active in politics as Ms Quinn, there is a significant level of involvement in political acts by young people.
The Youth Electoral Study was a collaboration between The University of Sydney and the Australian National University.
When informed of the findings, Ms Quinn said she was, “not surprised by the level of engagement by younger members of the community and that she is a reflection of that engagement.”
Already committing herself to further improving youth outcomes around the community, time will tell if the voters are ready to let the Nationals back into town.