Brittany gets foot in par­lia­men­tary door

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MUN­DUB­BERA’S Brittany Kugel was one of 93 mem­bers of the Youth Par­lia­ment who were se­lected from all re­gions of Queens­land.

Rang­ing in ages from 15–25, par­tic­i­pants spent one week at­tend­ing the Par­lia­ment sit­ting stage of the pro­gram, where many mat­ters of pub­lic im­por­tance and com­mit­tee bills were de­bated.

“Met­ro­pol­i­tan-based mem­bers were very sur­prised by the ed­u­ca­tional dis­ad­van­tages in ru­ral ar­eas of Queens­land,” Miss Kugel said.

Miss Kugel was cho­sen as the Hon­ourable Youth Mem­ber for Cal­lide in Queens­land Youth Par­lia­ment, where she spent the year as­sist­ing in writ­ing the com­mu­ni­ties, hous­ing and re­gional plan­ning bill.

She had many meet­ings with Min­is­ters of Par­lia­ment, in­clud­ing Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ties, Child Safety and Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices the Hon Tracy Davis and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney. She has also writ­ten many speeches to present in Par­lia­ment.

“It’s an ab­so­lute life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and I loved ev­ery minute,” Miss Kugel said.

“It’s so won­der­ful to be sur­rounded by and to work with such pas­sion­ate, ded­i­cated, sup­port­ive, help­ful and car­ing peo­ple and I def­i­nitely rec­om­mend any­one with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, open mind and a pas­sion for change to ap­ply next year.”

There was also an op­por­tu­nity for a pri­vate mem­bers state­ment, where all youth mem­bers spoke about is­sues in their com­mu­nity or elec­torate that af­fected the youth com­mu­nity or them per­son­ally.

Miss Kugel spoke about the lack of Year 11 and 12 ed­u­ca­tion at Mun­dub­bera State School and how this has af­fected many past and present stu­dents.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

PAS­SION FOR CHANGE: Mun­dub­bera’s Brittany Kugel spent a week as one of 93 elected mem­bers of the Queens­land Youth Par­lia­ment.

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