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Students get taste for politics

Toowoomba’s representatives in the Queensland Youth Parliament are Elke Goddard and Yaw Kyei.
Toowoomba’s representatives in the Queensland Youth Parliament are Elke Goddard and Yaw Kyei. Chris Calcino

DIPPING their toes into the world of politics is just the beginning for Yaw Kyei and Elke Goddard.

After being selected to represent Toowoomba in the Queensland Youth Parliament, the duo will get their first encounter with matters of state this weekend.

"It's a chance for young people to have a voice and engage youth problems in the wider community," Mr Kyei said.

"It's the first time I've done anything like this and I'm already loving it."

Mr Kyei will take on the health portfolio, representing Toowoomba South, while Toowoomba North representative Ms Goddard will handle agriculture, food and regional economics.

"I grew up in Crows Nest and was heavily involved in the community side of things," Ms Goddard said.

"More than anything, I just thought it would be a good opportunity to meet new people."

Ms Goddard plans to study nursing after completing Year 12 at Toowoomba State High School this year.

Mr Kyei still has a year and a half before he graduates, but has big plans for the future.

"I want to study pharmacy, then join the military and do military pharmacy," he said.

"Then I think I might get into politics."

Topics:  politics, students, youth parliament


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