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  • 14-year-old Diya Mehta was one of two teenagers who travelled to Canberra to interview Australia's political leaders for Crinkling News. (Supplied)
Ms. Mehta said her interview with Malcolm Turnbull initially caused her to have "an internal freak-out" but that quickly gave way to "a strange sort of calm" once she realised all politicians are "just human."
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22 Apr 2016 - 12:11 PM  UPDATED 22 Apr 2016 - 12:17 PM

Diya Mehta, 14, interviewed prime minister Malcolm Turnbull for Crinkling News- Australia's first national newspaper for kids.

The newspaper launched in Sydney on Thursday is a brainchild of journalist Saffron Howden.

Diya and Madeline Murphy (15) travelled to Canberra for Crinkling News and between them sat down with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

The young reporters covered Question Time and grilled the politicians about issues including mental health, renewable energy and their favourite book characters.

Ms. Mehta said her interview with Malcolm Turnbull initially caused her to have "an internal freak-out" but that quickly gave way to "a strange sort of calm" once she realised all politicians are "just human."

"Another thing: he talks a lot," she told the audience at the launch of the newspaper.

"His answers are a novella of a thing, with reminiscences and personal stories woven together."

Speaking at the launch at the Australian Museum in Sydney, Ms. Howden said the publication will tell the news in a kid-friendly way, from the latest scientific discoveries to natural disasters, and even federal elections.

"We want to bring children into the national conversation," Ms. Howden said.

"That's why all our opinion pieces are written by kids, and that's why all our book, movie, game and arts reviews are written by kids."

Crinkling News is a weekly 16-page newspaper and aims to give students aged seven to 14 all the news that's fit to print, "without the boring or scary bits.