Young people urged to get more in­volved

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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