Local youth to speak out in state parliament
WHITSUNDAY youth looking for an opportunity to have their voices heard, debate key issues and propose new legislation should apply for the 2014 YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament.
The program is open to youth aged 15-25 years and will culminate in September with a four-day sitting of parliament in Brisbane, where members of state parliament will hand over the reins to 93 successful applicants.
The 2014 YMCA Youth Parliament will be made up of one youth member from each of the 89 state electorates including four indigenous seats.
Youth will have the opportunity to draft bills over four months and if passed by the 2014 Youth Parliament - will be handed directly to the government before being distributed to current members of parliament.
Proserpine State High School 2013 school captain, Lachlan Lade, attended the program last year as a member of the Energy, Science and Innovation committee.
It was his responsibility to propose the bill on implementing the research of nuclear fusion into Queensland universities and to form a completely green state by 2025, with all power being generated from solar panels and similar renewable energy sources.
"It was a great opportunity to be around like-minded people who encouraged you to speak your mind on a broad range of topics and help equip you with the tools to make on-going state-wide change," Mr Lade said.
"It was a very insightful experience that I would strongly recommend to anyone who enjoys debating or has an interest in politics."
He said the 2013 Queensland Youth Parliament welcomed a range of fresh ideas from mental health legislation to euthanasia and the public importance of promoting compulsory organ donation.
To apply for the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, visiting http://www.ymcaqyp.org/.