Young candidate for Senate seat
WITH a push to engage young voters, it seems the HEMP Party Australia is doing just that by running the youngest Senate candidate in the Federal election.
Eighteen-year-old Tayla Moylan is based in Lismore.
However, Ms Moylan isn't running as a candidate for NSW; she and local hemp activist Michael Balderstone have been endorsed as the candidates for Western Australia.
Mr Balderstone said with WA having some of the toughest marijuana prohibition laws in the country, many members of the party who live in the state are afraid of running for Parliament for fear of being targeted by the community.
"People are afraid of losing their jobs or having the police at their door, so as a resident of Nimbin, but a candidate in WA, I'm pretty safe from all that," Mr Balderstone said.
Ms Moylan said many members of the HEMP Party in WA are young voters, but don't know how to stand up and take action.
"As a single-issue party, I believe I have adequate understanding of the people in WA's views on law reform even without living in the state," Ms Moylan said.
She said Australia needed more young people to stand up for "old people in politics".
"It is imperative that we get more young people involved in the democratic process in Australia as we are the ones who will change the future," Ms Moylan said.
"The Hemp Party believes we have the opportunity to revolutionise and change society with a sustainable industry that will give jobs to the very rich and the very poor."
According to the AEC, there are no eligibility criteria for upper house candidates to have a residential address in state they are running in.