Bright pupils apply for parliament
TIME is running out for Ipswich’s best and brightest young people to apply for the Youth Parliament.
Nominations for the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament close on Friday, February 25.
Youth Parliament is a Queensland Studies Authority-accredited education program, where students can receive one point towards their Queensland Certificate of Education upon completion.
Program co-ordinator Thomas Stephenson said for more than a decade, the program had provided young people aged 15 to 25 with an opportunity to influence government decision-making and to improve their confidence and experience through interacting with other like-minded young people of various backgrounds and views.
Mr Stephenson said the only prerequisites to the program was interest and enthusiasm, as training would be provided as part of the program.
Applicants are chosen to represent the 89 electorates of Queensland and past debates have focused on everything from teacher quality, to the use of natural resources, to health issues such as obesity.
Last year the Youth Parliament passed a historical bill guaranteeing three seats in Parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.
This year the Youth Parliament will have seven committees, all looking at a different section of Queensland governance, including community services, education, training and employment, indigenous affairs and infrastructure and planning.
If you are passionate about seeking change in Queensland, you could be the voice of your local electorate, advising Queensland politicians.
For more information or to apply, click here.