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Jesuit Centre researcher to monitor leaders on election trail

Tim Martyn, Research and Policy Officer at the Melbourne-based Jesuit Social Services Ignatius Centre, has been selected from a national pool of candidates to be one of four 'ElectionTrackers' in the lead up to the 9 October Federal Election. is election coverage "by young people for young people". The 'ElectionTracker' project, funded by the Foundation for Young Australians and managed by - an on-line forum for youth people with an interest in community issues and public policy - will place two young people on the campaign bus of both John Howard and Mark Latham with the intention to provide a youth perspective on proceedings. Tim will have a seat on the media plane with other senior journalists from around Australia.

The ElectionTracker site will feature daily articles and web logs written by the four successful applicants, who are aged between 18 and 25. Each 'ElectionTracker' will write a number of feature articles on the election trail, including an overview of the policies of the major parties and their impact on young people. There will be interviews with key politicians and other insights into the political theatre that surrounds an Australian federal election.

A media release from Jesuit Social Services says that in addition to the outlets, Tim plans to post his observations on the Jesuit Social Services website closer to the election.

Jesuit Social Services employee selected to follow Mark Latham on the election trail (Jesuit Social Services 31/8/04)

Jesuit Social Services
Foundation for Young Australians

31 Aug 2004