Q&A: school students take on MPs over marriage equality and Islamophobia

Indigenous panellist says being involved in politics is an imperative, not a choice, on a youth panel united in its support for same-sex marriage

As a gay Aboriginal woman, becoming involved in politics was never a choice, 16-year-old Aretha Stewart-Brown told the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday.

“Being part of certain minority groups you don’t get a choice of going into politics, you’re kind of born into it,” said the Gumbaynggirr woman, who was chosen as Australia’s first female Indigenous prime minister at the National Youth Indigenous Parliament last month.

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