Ap­ply for Indige­nous Youth Par­lia­ment places

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS / PEOPLE -

THE call is go­ing out for lo­cal indige­nous youth to ap­ply for the 2014 Na­tional Indige­nous Youth Par­lia­ment (NIYP).

All Indige­nous Aus­tralians aged 16 to 25 are en­cour­aged to ap­ply now for the NIYP, which is a week-long lead­er­ship pro­gram for young Indige­nous Aus­tralians, t o be held i n Can­berra in May.

The Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (AEC) Vic­to­rian indige­nous com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer, Dar­ren Wil­liams, said this is a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity for 50 young Indige­nous Aus­tralians to travel to Can­berra to learn di­rectly from the people mak­ing de­ci­sions that af­fect their com­mu­ni­ties.

“No spe­cific skills or ex­pe­ri­ence are re­quired,” Mr Wil­liams said.

“But we hope young I ndigenous Aus­tralians from Vic­to­ria who are pas­sion­ate about is­sues and will­ing to stand up and have a say will seize this great op­por­tu­nity.

“They’ll get ex­pert train­ing in pub­lic speak­ing and in deal­ing with the me­dia, and meet mem­bers of par­lia­ment and other na­tional lead­ers.”

NIYP will be held f r om May 28 to June 3, with the cen­tre­piece of the pro­gram be­ing a t wo- day sim­u­lated par­lia­ment in the Mu­seum of Aus­tralian Democ­racy at Old Par­lia­ment House where par­tic­i­pants will de­bate bills and im­por­tant is­sues.

Ap­pli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted no later than Mon­day, March 10.

Par­tic­i­pants will be cho­sen based on their ideas and in­ter­est in govern­ment and

par­lia­ment and their po­ten­tial lead­er­ship skills.

In­for­ma­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able at www.aec.gov.au/Indige­nous.

The Youth Par­lia­ment is run by the AEC in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the YMCA and Mu­seum

of Aus­tralian Democ­racy at Old Par­lia­ment House.

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