Vivek Waller

Vivek Waller – Epping Boys High School Captain
Vivek Waller – Epping Boys High School Captain

Epping Boys High School Captain
17 years of age
Nickname: Viv

Vivek is a passionate youth leader, a voice for change. He has a multi cultured background with an Indian mother and caucasion Australian father. Vivek is committed to stopping racism through education and is both confident and kind and a definite voice to watch for the future.

IN SHORT

  • Vivek cares most about racism, change and education and believes it starts with one person’s thinking
  • He would be happy to go head to head with Scott Morrison on climate change
  • He has a solid vision for the Australia he would like to see in 10 years time

FROM VIVEK

I'm most passionate about inspiring change or creating change or changing ways of thinking. Any type of change, even minor or major forms of change - legislation, general societal thinking or just one person's thinking. That to me is change that is worth having, because if you're at least asking one person, then they can start something, that potentially you couldn't.

The biggest issues for youth of today is mental health issues caused by social media. The correlation is really important to understand, because people are living their life based on the likes that they're getting or the followers they're getting. When that shouldn't be what you're looking at for.

I have social media, but in all honesty, I couldn't care about it. I use it to keep up with friends and I have a few photos on there, but if I needed to delete it, I would in a heartbeat, because there's nothing I can't get on there that I can't get in real life. People need to stop living on their phones and start living in the moment.

We're a very multicultural nation, but being the son of an ethnic parent and a white father and looking browner than my sister and my dad, I see the racism that my mum goes through in her working life.

The Australia I want to see in 10 years time, will have that gone by then and we'll be more accepting of people. We have a tendency to go racism doesn't exist here, sweep it under the carpet and move on.

Whereas that's not how you deal with an issue. You have to pull it out from under the carpet. You have to put it in front of everyone's faces and you have to say this is what we're dealing with, this is what we have to fix. How are we going to do it?

And if that offends people, then that offends people, but you shouldn't be offended by the truth. You can't be offended by someone saying, this is an issue that we have. These are the statistics, these are the facts to back it up.

It's offendable that we have racism in this country that's so multicultural, but it's not offendable that there is some. Because racism is born out of fear and the lack of education. So if we move education towards teaching more about multiculturalism, teaching more about accepting others for who they are and not their skin color, then I think that's the Australia I want to see in 10 years time.

I'd ask the prime minister why he is refusing to listen to the people who the issues of today will affect. So you have climate change and he is not taking any action. Whereas other countries that come out for taking affirmative. Scott Morrison has said that he won't, he isn't planning on doing any of this, but these issues won't affect him. They're not going to be in the short term, they're going to be in the long-term, they're going to affect us. And he is refusing to listen to us about that.

I think I'd have to ask Nelson Mandela about how he kept going and kept his drive even when it seemed like the entire country, the entire world was against him. How he kept up that fight for his rights and then eventually won it and became prime minister of South Africa, in a time where it was unheard of for black man to be prime minister of any nation.

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