Young people urged to get more involved
YOUNG Queenslanders with an interest in parliament and making a difference are being urged to step up and apply to participate in the 2014 Queensland Youth Parliament.
The parliament will begin with a forum from April 4-6 in Brisbane which will include a formal launch at Parliament House.
David Kempton, Member for Cook, is encouraging youngsters to participate in the youth parliament.
‘‘More than 90 young people aged 15 to 25 will be selected to discuss the issues facing our youth and development legislation that they will debate later in the year,’’ he said.
‘‘These young parliamentarians are selected to represent the 89 Queensland electorates based on their enthusiasm, ability to represent their communities, and interest and passion for issues affecting Queensland.
‘‘ Four indigenous members will also be selected to participate.’’
All youth members will gain valuable experience and be involved in committee meetings, mentoring, training and research to help produce the Bills to be debated at Parliament House during the residential week from Sep- tember 28 to October 4. Mr Kempton said the State Government had committed to restore accountability in government and listening to the state’s youth was one of the ways to do this.
‘‘Youth Parliament teaches young people about the government decision-making process, while providing an excellent leadership opportunity for those who may one day become our future decision makers,’’ he said.
‘‘The government is in the final stages of putting together the Queensland Plan, which is a 30-year vision developed by people across the state.
‘‘Some of these young people could be responsible for implementing many of the initiatives while in a future government, so it’s important they are engaged.’’
The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament is celebrating its 19th year in Queensland.
Applications for this year’s program close February 28, so get in quick. For more information about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parl i ament, go to www. ymcaqyp. org/ or www.qld.gov.au/youth or contact Mr Kempton’s office, or phone 4092 7608.