There’s a baby in the Senate!

He’s only 28 years old, but Australia’s youngest ever senator James Paterson believes he can represent the interests of everyone.

He’s only 28 years old, but Australia’s youngest ever senator James Paterson believes he can represent the interests of everyone.

In a bizarre maiden speech, Senator Paterson called for the national education curriculm to be scrapped, and for a commonwealth debt ceiling to be reintroduced.

Senator Paterson also lobbied for the Australia’s Israeli embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in a “sign of solidarity” with Jewish people.

“It would be a symbolic, but important, step for Australia to formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and to move our embassy there”, he said.

The so-called ‘Baby of the Senate’ also called for parents to have more control over what their children are taught in schools.

“This will not only allow schools and parents to select a curriculum which reflects their values, but would also open up the school system to much more diversity, specialisation and choice”, Senator Paterson said.

Senator Paterson was sworn in after a Liberal Party vacancy was left by retiring politician Michael Ronaldson.

The former communications worker is only matched in age by Australian MP Wyatt Roy, who is now 25 and was elected at age 20.

Mr Roy has the unofficial title, ‘The Baby of the House’. Of course, the question is whether both men can represent the interests of older voters.

“Another ‘Straight out of school – never had a real job’ MP. Both sides are full of them”, one person commented online. “Pathetic”.

Whilst another added, “Complete lack of real world experience. Sounds a lot like a failed PMs we recently got rid of”.

Do you think Senator Paterson and younger politicians can represent our interests, as over-60s? Or do they lack real world experience?

  1. Martin Stiles  

    It is not the age or gender that is important, it is or should be the validity of their proposals and supporting data.
    We have enough old politicians who can’t seem to get it right so let’s listen to and maybe learn from the savvy youngers.
    A ‘ baby in the senate’ is a disparaging remark and could only be made with Parliamentary privilege. Elsewhere it would be discriminatory!
    And we don’t want that do we you oldies?

    • gary fox  

      I’m really glad you said “learn from savvy youngers” That’s really gonna work with Chinese and Russian savvey. Hope you got a job in HR because that’s where you belong. A postage stamp of experience.

  2. The Watcher  

    Its not so much a lack of real world experience but the blinkered view he has inherited from his peers. The total lack of empathy, compassion and humility is second to his complete lack of character. It takes a special kind of sociopath to absorb only the nastiness from his peers leaving a roboshell that parrots right wing garbage.
    He went from school bubble to college bubble to Canberra bubble without a day of being able to formulate very much in the way of a workable pilosophy. He longs for a time of certitude, Queen, loranorder and decent respect for other fellows who knew their betters and knuckled their forelocks as they should(And if they knew what was good for them). A time that never existed in Australia.
    Its not world experience he lacks alone, he is a privileged, nasty pratt. No amount of experience would cure that.

  3. Jill Murphy  

    I am an older person on the pension but just remember young people need representation as well. Some of the old guys are pretty hopeless on both sides of the house. Old doesnt necessarily mean knowing everything.

  4. Of course they lack real world experience but hey! So do the vast majority of the older incumbents. So your point is?

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