Youth Urged to Apply for a Taste of Parliament

03/02/2014

Young Queenslanders are being encouraged to apply to participate in the 2014 Queensland Youth Parliament.

Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said this year's youth parliament would kick off with a forum from 4th to 6th April in Brisbane, including a formal launch at Parliament House.

"More than 90 young people aged 15 to 25 will be selected to discuss the issues facing our youth and develop legislation that they will debate later in the year," he said.

"These young parliamentarians are selected to represent the 89 Queensland electorates based on their enthusiasm, ability to represent their communities and interest and passion for issues affecting Queensland."

"Four Indigenous members will also be selected to participate."

"All Youth Members will be involved in committee meetings, mentoring, training and research to help produce the Bills to be debated at Parliament House during the residential week from 28th September to 4th October."

Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, said the Newman Government had committed to restore accountability in government and listening to the state's youth was one of the ways to do this.

"Youth Parliament teaches young people about the government decision-making process, while providing an excellent leadership opportunity for those who may one day become our future decision makers," he said.

"The Newman Government is in the final stages of putting together the Queensland Plan, which is a 30 year vision developed by people across the state."

"Some of these young people could be responsible for implementing many of the initiatives while in a future Government, so it's important that they are engaged."

Applications for the 2014 program will close on 21st February 2014.

For more information about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, go to www.ymcaqyp.org or www.qld.gov.au/youth