'Tassie youth disillusioned by formal politics'

THE state's peak youth consultative group said a survey conducted showed young people are "disillusioned" by formal politics, but active on the issues they are passionate about.

The Y Your Vote Counts survey conducted by the Youth Network of Tasmania gave 80 young people the chance to have their say on the voting process, and key issues that were important to them.

Employment, equal access to services and education were the top three issues for young people, with more than 80 per cent identifying them as important when deciding who to vote for.

YNOT chief executive Joanna Siejka said the survey results were valuable.

"In addition to simply asking participants about the issues that matter to them, it also asks how they have a say on these issues, where they get their information and what they know about the voting process," Ms Siejka said.

About 75 per cent of those surveyed said they got their election information from the internet, with more than half using social media to pick a candidate.

A third said they would have liked more information on who to vote for, and more than half had already decided where their vote would go.

Other key issues identified in the survey were preventing suicide, accepting other cultures, marriage equality, and solving homelessness.

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