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2014 Youth Parliament closes


Friday 11 July, 2014

Minister for Youth Zoe Bettison has congratulated participants in this year's Youth Parliament, which ended this afternoon.

"One hundred young people have debated and voted on 16 separate Bills this week, covering complex issues such as same-sex adoption, banning jumps-racing, lowering the voting age, legalising marijuana, multicultural support in schools and youth mental health," she said.

"Two Motions of Public Importance – on marriage equality and free tertiary education – were also debated."

Of the 16 Bills up for discussion, 10 were passed in both houses, including:

  •  APY Lands Education Reform Act
  •  Cannabis Control and Legalisation Act
  •  Graduate Entry Level Initiative Act
  •  Horse Jumps Racing Prohibition Act
  •  LGBTIQ Adoption Rights Act
  •  Youth Mental Health Accessibility Act
  •  Multicultural Support Act
  •  Solar Industry Development Act
  •  Universal Access Act
  •  Violence Prevention Act

"Throughout the program, participants developed valuable skills and learnt about the parliamentary system, voting procedures, parliamentary etiquette, public speaking and how to develop Bills," Ms Bettison said.

"This year's youth parliamentarians showed drive and enthusiasm, and I hope they enjoyed their parliamentary experience.

"I also thank taskforce members who have supported participants throughout the week."

The Youth Parliament program provides young people aged 15 to 24 with the opportunity to voice their opinions on issues that matter to them.

"It is inspiring to see the next generation of leaders engage in topical discussions and I have been impressed by the depth of the arguments presented," Ms Bettison said.

"I was thrilled to be presented with the 2014 Youth Parliament Bills and Acts by the Youth Governor, Ms Malwinka Wyra at the closing ceremony.

"These Bills and Acts will be circulated to the relevant State Government agencies for feedback."

To learn more about YMCA SA's Youth Parliament program, visit

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