Education Youth Gippsland South Parliament

Young locals invited to have their say

Young regional leaders who want to influence State Government decision making are encouraged to apply for the YMCA’s Youth Parliament program before 7 April to have their views heard.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said this year’s program would give 120 16 to 25 year olds an introduction into the workings of State Parliament.

“Since Youth Parliament began in 1987, more than 20 bills raised by young people have become law, which highlights the importance of this program and the contribution young people make to our society,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This really is a proven way for young people to influence government decision-making, where we’ve seen issues such the mandatory wearing of bike helmets and nightclub safety reforms later passed as law.”

Mr O’Brien said during the nine-day training program participants would learn about public speaking, leadership skills, teamwork and also have the chance to speak up for what they believed in.

“For the last three days of the program, participants ‘take over’ Parliament, debating bills in the Parliamentary Chambers before handing them over for Government consideration,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This is an exciting opportunity for young people from across the state to come together to raise and debate issues they are most passionate about, and I urge all young leaders from Gippsland to apply.”

Mr O’Brien said Youth Parliament would sit during June and applications are available at: http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/

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