21st Youth Parliament gets underway
The 21st Youth Parliament opens today with young South Australians debating the issues that matter to them.
The 76 young parliamentarians aged 15-24 years will experience first hand how our legislature works and will debate a range of topical issues including voluntary euthanasia and anti-bullying.
Other topics to be debated include compulsory vaccination, youth homelessness and abortion.
Youth Parliament is a program which educates young people about the parliamentary process.
Bills created during the Youth Parliament are formally presented to the State Government for consideration.
Youth Parliament will run until Friday 15 July, with debates open to the public.
Youth Parliament is managed by YMCA South Australia and supported by the State Government, through the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.
For more information about Youth Parliament, including the full list of Bill topics, debate schedule times and venue details, visit the YMCA website at www.sa.ymca.org.au.
Acting Minister for Youth, Peter Malinauskas said:
Youth Parliament is a wonderful opportunity for our future leaders to learn about parliament and the political process.
Now in its 21st year, Youth Parliament has played an important role in educating more than 1000 young South Australians about parliamentary process.
Youth Parliament provides young people with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge about parliamentary systems, voting procedures and public speaking.
The program includes young people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures with a quarter coming from regional South Australia.
I encourage South Australians to show their support for the young people participating in Youth Parliament by attending a debate this week.