Stu­dents en­joy play­ing pol­i­tics

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

STU­DENTS got the chance to see how State Par­lia­ment works as part of the Western Aus­tralian YMCA Youth Par­lia­ment pro­gram.

Now in its 20th year, the pro­gram al­lows stu­dents from through­out Perth to spend three days tak­ing on the role of a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment and par­tic­i­pate in de­bates held at Par­lia­ment House.

An­nie Tran (16) said she was in­ter­ested in the pro­gram be­cause she was pas­sion­ate about equal ed­u­ca­tion and thinks the big­gest chal­lenge in WA is re­duc­ing ed­u­ca­tion dis­ad­van­tages based on a per­son’s so­cioe­co­nomic back­ground.

Bran­don Preap (15) said he be­lieved the big­gest is­sue fac­ing WA was the lack of sup­port for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Bran­don said he was pas­sion­ate about cli­mate change, par­tic­u­larly re­new­able energy like so­lar and wind.

Mil­li­cent Weaver (16) was the 2015 Shadow Min­is­ter for Mul­ti­Cul­tural and In­dige­nous Af­fairs and is pas­sion­ate about re­duc­ing the gap be­tween in­dige­nous and non-in­dige­nous Aus­tralians.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d440290

Front: Jas­mine Lynn, Mathew Kolomy­jec, Lewis Hut­ton and Jor­dan Dyce. Back Pearce McGro­gan, Adam Walker and Nathan Mul­lally.

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