- Youth Parliament will debate eight Bills during sitting, July 2-6, 2017
- State Government provides annual funding of $50,330 to YMCA to deliver Youth Parliament
Almost 60 young leaders with big ideas will take over Parliament House this week as they develop and debate some of the State's legislation.
Now in its 22nd year, the 2017 Youth Parliament program will see 59 young people from across Western Australia come together to learn skills in public speaking, the parliamentary process, and writing and developing a Bill.
The program, funded by the State Government and delivered by the YMCA, aims to develop youth leadership skills and connect politicians and decision makers with youth voices and opinions.
At the conclusion of the program, the young people are given the opportunity to enter into a formal mentoring arrangement for up to 12 months with their peers, partner agencies and the YMCA.
The 2017 Youth Parliament Bills to be debated are:
- Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Bill 2017;
- Health, Mental Health and Disability Services Bill 2017;
- Environment Bill 2017;
- Women's Interests Bill 2017;
- Commerce Bill 2017;
- Education and Training Bill 2017;
- Child Protection and Community Service Bill 2017; and
- Police and Justice Bill 2017.
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"The McGowan Government is proud to support initiatives like Youth Parliament which maximise young people's input and contributions to community life.
"Young people have an important voice in the community and the Youth Parliament empowers them to take an active role in sharing ideas, debating challenges and creating solutions.
"The topics of debate at this year's Youth Parliament will generate robust and lively discussion and I am looking forward to presiding over the proceedings later this week."
Minister's office - 6552 5300