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Why the obsession with younger candidates?

January 20th, 2015

A gentle aging is apparently quite alright if you want to continue as a political party power broker. Melbourne¬†financial wheeler and dealer Michael Kroger is seeking to become president of the Victorian branch of the Liberal Party at the age of 57. Yet, as The Australian reported this morning,¬†one of his aims if he gets his hands on the title will be a “drive for a series of new, younger candidates to contest safe state and federal seats.

2015-01-20_krogerWhy is it, I regularly wonder, that as the median age of the population gets older, these mature aged “power brokers” continue to be fascinated with attracting youthful parliamentary candidates? Why not a 30 year old party president instead or as well as?


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