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    2018 - 07.03

    FIRST TIME VOTER: Bec Mullen. Politicians and political parties should try harder to engage young people in key issues, Hunter Valley Grammar School captain Bec Mullen says.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Having recently turned 18, Ms Mullen is one of many Maitlandresidents who will vote for the first time at Saturday’s state election.

    She told the Mercury that she had not decided who she would vote for, but she planned to research thedifferent candidates and parties before the weekend.

    Ms Mullen said political parties and candidates could do more to engage young voters and help them become informed about the issues of the day.

    “Maybe a way they could do that is more education in schools in terms of teaching kids all about Labor and Liberal and different positions,” she said.

    “There could be a little update every week because I think that’s what people need who don’t pay as much attention to the news.”

    Ms Mullen said the candidate most likely to get her vote would haveeducation and health as their key priorities.

    “If you can better those, everything else [in the community] gets brought up with them,” she said.

    “People who have low socioeconomic statuses can benefit if education and health are prioritised but so can people from different groups. They can all benefit.”

    All Saints College St Mary’scampus Year 12 student Matt Pender also votes for the first time on Saturday.

    He said making education more affordable was a concern that would sway his vote.

    “I’m fairly sure I’ll end up voting for the Liberal side of things because I’ve grown up in a family that’s pretty much Liberal all through,” Mr Pender said.

    “But I’m still not exactly happy with all the plans. I’m pretty happy with the Liberals as a federal party but not so much NSW.

    “I don’t see anyone jumping out at me.”

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