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Powell Media Release – Young people urged to apply for a taste of Parliament (4 February 2014)

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

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said this year’s youth parliament would kick off with a forum from 4-6 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,” Mr Powell 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 28 September to October 4.” 

Mr Powell 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,” Mr Powell 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.”

 The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament is now in its nineteenth year in Queensland. 

Applications for the 2014 program will close on 21 February 2014, and can be made online at http://www.ymcaqyp.org/nominations.html

 For more information about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, go to www.ymcaqyp.org/ or contact the office of Andrew Powell MP on 5435 2013 or at glass.house@parliament.qld.gov.au.

  -ENDS 4 February 2014

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