Youths bring fresh ideas to world of politics
THERE’S a new member for Mundingburra.
But , a t 1 6 y e a r s o l d , Courtney Weekes isn’t your average politician.
Ensuring her electorate receives adequate government funding will be among the top priorities for the keen Kirwan State High student when she tackles the Queensland Youth Parliament in Brisbane this month. Miss Weekes said she was looking forward to meeting with the electorate’s local politicians to gain inside knowledge into the workings of the political world. The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament executive announced its members to take part in the 2011 program, with the Year 12 student one of 89 across the state chosen to represent each Queensland electorate from a field of 170 hopefuls.
Miss Weekes said she couldn’t be more thrilled to be heading to parliament.
‘‘ I’m very excited. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get it and I got called up to the principal’s office and my first thought was, ‘ oh my God, what have I done wrong’,’’ she said.
Luckily for Miss Weekes, it was all good news. Kirwan High teacher Kelly Markham said Miss Weekes was an incredibly talented student with a big passion for the law and politics.
‘‘ It’s a massive responsi b i l i t y o n C o u r t n e y ’ s shoulders and it’s a massive achievement for her to be chosen,’’ she said.
She said the youth parlia- ment, now in its 16th year, was a great opportunity for l i ke-minded s t udents t o meet and swap ideas.
Others chosen i nclude Shannon Dillon ( Burdekin), J e s s e T r e c c o - Al e x a n d e r ( Hinchinbrook), J e r e my K w o n g ( T h u r i n g o w a ) , Jimeka Richardson ( Townsville) and Cass Hayward ( Whitsunday).