Lower the voting age: Greens candidate Kingsley Liu

Greens candidate for Macquarie, Kingsley Liu, said his party will continue to pursue a voting age of 16 to stop the "intergenerational theft that is robbing young people of their future".

"Young people need the numbers at the ballot box to protect their own future. They also need a Minister of Youth who is accountable to them," he said.

Ready to vote: Greens candidate for Macquarie, Kingsley Liu, with climate strikers from high schools in the Macquarie electorate.

Ready to vote: Greens candidate for Macquarie, Kingsley Liu, with climate strikers from high schools in the Macquarie electorate.

Mr Liu said governments of both major parties have built a system that "favours the older generation at the expense of young people and the planet. This is intergenerational theft".

"They have masterminded an inflationary property market fuelled by negative gearing that enriches property owners while young people lose hope of ever owning their own home.

"Many of our current politicians enjoyed free tertiary education yet they have saddled young people with crippling debt for university and TAFE," he said.

"Worst of all, successive parliaments have facilitated ruthless raids on natural resources pushing ecosystems like the Murray Darling into free-fall.

"Then these politicians wring their hands when youth suicide reaches epidemic proportions."

Mr Liu said the Greens had a plan to address the major issues for young people.

"We have consistently opposed negative gearing on properties and fees for TAFE and university. We call on the other parties to support us in both these critical issues - or tell young voters why they won't.

"Our plan will also pull the plug on government subsidies for unsustainable polluting industries so that young people can look forward to a healthy clean technology future for themselves and their children."

Mr Liu said that the Greens plan includes 1000 more positions and free training for youth peer workers in mental health.

"Support during a mental health crisis saves lives."

Mr Liu cited living in poverty as a contributor to deteriorating mental health

" If either major party is serious about caring for our young people they would support the Greens call to raise the rate of Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 a week immediately."

Last year the youngest member of the Senate, 23-year-old Greens Senator Jordan Steele-John introduced a private members bill to lower the voting age to 16 and re-establish a Federal Minister for Youth.

The bill that would add 600,000 voters to the electoral roll was not supported by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters.

Mr Liu said the Greens will re-introduce it.