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