Pine Rivers Youth Encouraged to Apply for a Seat in Parliament


State Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich MP, is encouraging all aspiring young Pine Rivers politicians to apply to join the 2013 YMCA Youth Parliament.

Applications for the annual Youth Parliament are now open for young people aged between 15 and 25.

Mr Holswich said the youth parliament is a great opportunity for young people to learn more about the democratic process.

"The YMCA Youth Parliament gives young people across Queensland the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and self-confidence through the six month program."

"Youth Members get the opportunity to develop debating, negotiating and leadership skills as well as learning about parliamentary rules, writing bills and debating them in Queensland's Parliamentary Chamber."

2012 Youth Member for Pine Rivers, Isabella Jensen-Fielding, highly recommends the Youth Parliament and encourages Pine Rivers youth to apply.

"The whole program, and especially the week in Parliament, was a time of exceptional learning experiences. It has helped to improve many skills that I am now able to apply to my schooling and life in general," Ms Jensen-Fielding said.

"It gave me a hands-on insight into Queensland's political processes and a desire to learn more and get involved more in the future."

Mr Holswich emphasized the importance of providing opportunities for young people to become engaged with the political process.

"I am pleased to see these opportunities to assist young people to learn more about our democracy and to encourage them to become active in serving their community."

Mr Holswich will again this year provide a part sponsorship for the Youth Member for Pine Rivers in the YMCA Youth Parliament.

The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, in its 18th year, is made up of representatives from the 89 state electorates with an additional four positions for Indigenous electorates.

The Newman Government provides $56,000 annually to assist the YMCA deliver the program.

Applications close on 22nd February 2013. Further information is available from