The environment and housing affordability were key agenda items for Youth Parliament delegates meeting at Parliament House this week.
The Youth Parliament program is a nationwide project facilitated by the YMCA of Australia.
In Western Australia, the program operates in conjunction with the State Government and aims to educate, inspire and resource young people to take an active role in their community and contribute the views of their electorate at a State level.
Youth Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich said Youth Parliament provided an opportunity for young people to comment on Government policy and make recommendations to the Government on what young people wanted.
“Participants assume the role of their local MP and engage in various education and preparation programs aimed at expanding competencies in civics, politics, law and citizenship,” Ms Ravlich said.
“Through fostering an interest in the democratic process, the program provides an opportunity for a younger generation to exchange ideas and work towards positive and sustainable change.
“In WA, the hard work and diligent efforts of previous Youth Parliamentarians has led to the adoption of eight Bills at the State level, an impressive and commendable achievement.”
The Minister said the topics of debate which had been selected for this year’s program were both pertinent and important.
“Issues such as underage drinking, the environment and climate change and the issue of housing affordability are all current, critical and being tackled at the highest level of government,” she said.
“The program has now been running for 13 years and approximately 10,000 young people have had the opportunity to participate.
“Past participants now hold leadership positions in the political arena, as well as business, law and education.”
The program culminated in a five-day residential camp, with the Youth Parliamentarians spending three days in the Legislative Assembly to debate their Bills.
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