Young people urged to apply for a taste of Parliament

14 Feb 2014 4:11 PMJann Stuckey

14 February 2013

 Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP is encouraging the youth of Currumbin to apply for the chance to participate in the 2014 Queensland Youth Parliament.

 “More than 90 young people aged 15 to 25 will be selected to discuss the issues facing our youth and develop legislation that they will debate later in the year,” Ms Stuckey.

“These young parliamentarians are selected to represent the 89 Queensland electorates based on their enthusiasm, ability to represent their communities and interest and passion for issues affecting Queensland.

 “This year’s youth parliament will kick off with a forum from 4-6 April in Brisbane, including a formal launch at Parliament House.

 “All Youth Members will be involved in committee meetings, mentoring, training and research to help produce the Bills to be debated at Parliament House during the residential week from 28 September to October 4.”

“The Newman Government has committed to restore accountability in government and listening to our state’s youth was one of the ways to do this.

“Youth Parliament teaches young people about the government decision-making process, while providing an excellent leadership opportunity for those who may one day become our future decision makers.

“The Newman Government is in the final stages of putting together the Queensland Plan, which is a 30 year vision developed by people across the state.

“Some of these young people could be responsible for implementing many of the initiatives while in a future Government, so it’s important that they are engaged.”

The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament is now in its nineteenth year in Queensland.

Applications for the 2014 program will close on 21 February 2014. 

For more information about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, go to www.ymcaqyp.org/ or www.qld.gov.au/youth

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