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Young leaders gather for 2021 SA Youth Parliament

South Australians aged 15-25 will gather to debate Youth Bills in the chambers of State Parliament House when the 26th SA Youth Parliament commences on Monday 12 July.

Following a weekend of training held in April, almost 100 young people from metropolitan and regional SA will take the opportunity to have their say, learn about democracy and express their stance on chosen topics using the formalised parliamentary format of legislation.

The Department of Human Services is proud to invest $50,000 this year in this annual youth-led program, which empowers young people with the knowledge that advocacy and public debate matters and can have a powerful impact.

Some of the chosen topics this year include measures tackling ambulance ramping, raising the age of criminal responsibility, and establishing green manufacturing in South Australia.

Managed by YMCA South Australia, and delivered by a volunteer taskforce of young people, the program aims to:

  • provide a state forum for young people to express their views on matters which concern them in a nonpartisan environment;
  • provide the South Australian Parliament with a set of Youth Bills as an expression of young peoples’ concerns and expectations, which can be considered by the Parliament;
  • develop the engagement of young people in parliamentary democracy and involve them in public speaking, debating, and advocacy.

In 2020, Youth Parliament passed Bills relating to issues such as increasing access to safe abortion clinics, improving systems to better support young people in out-of-home care, and ensuring that community centres assist migrants and refugees to participate in the South Australian community.

SA Youth Parliament session are open to the public and anyone with an interest is invited to attend.

Learn more about this important program at the SA Youth Parliament website.

Keep updated on SA Youth Parliament throughout the week on the YMCA SA Youth Parliament Facebook page.

Page last updated : 12 Aug 2021

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