2015 Youth Parliament winds up
The 20th Youth Parliament program has ended today with nine Bills officially passed in both houses.
Youth Minister Zoe Bettison said she congratulated all of the participants this year.
"For 20 years now Youth Parliament has given young South Australians between the ages of 15 and 24 the opportunity to express their views on the issues that matter to them,"
Ms Bettison said.
"This week saw more than 80 young people formally debate and vote on 12 separate Bills, covering a range of complex issues including youth employment, compulsory vaccination,
bicycle licensing, rural education disadvantage, primary education and more."
The nine Bills that were officially passed were:
- Compulsory Vaccination Act 2015
- Non-Lethal Force Act 2015
- Personal Learning Plan (PLP) Functional Skills Act 2015
- Public Order (Decent Exposure) Act 2015
- Rural Education Equality Act 2015
- Specialised Teaching in Primary Education Act 2015
- Supermarket Waste Repurpose Act 2015
- Youth Employment Opportunities Implementation Act 2015
- Youth Mental Health Act 2015
Two Motions of Public Importance were also debated including mental health and youth homelessness, which is one of the three focus areas in the 2015 Youth Strategy for South
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To encourage greater regional participation in 2015, all regional Youth Parliament participants received individual scholarships, as part of the Member for Frome's agreement with the
Premier. These scholarships assisted with travelling costs for training and for this week's residential camp.
Ms Bettison said all young people deserve to express their views, and was delighted to see that 22 of this year's participants were from regional communities, more than double the
number of regional participants from the previous year.
"It was wonderful to see our regional young people bring their unique perspectives and experiences to the debate," she said.
The regional participants came from a range of areas around the state, including Tumby Bay, Loxton, Quorn, Mount Gambier, Mundalla, Bordertown, Naracoorte, Whyalla Norrie, Auburn,
Freeling, Clare, Nuriootpa, Angaston, Kangaroo Island, and Murray Bridge.
"Every year we see this program help participants to develop valuable skills and learn about our parliamentary system, voting procedures, parliamentary etiquette, public speaking and Bill
development," Ms Bettison added.
"All participants demonstrated great enthusiasm this week, and I hope the experience has inspired them to continue on as leaders in their local communities.
"I also thank the taskforce members who helped to deliver the program and offered theirsupport to the participants."
Youth Governor, Ms Maria Hull presented the 2015 Youth Parliament Bills and Acts at the closing ceremony. These will be circulated to relevant State Government agencies for
Youth Parliament is managed by YMCA South Australia and supported by the Government of South Australia through the Office for Youth and the Law Foundation of South Australia.
To learn more about YMCA SA's Youth Parliament program, visit www.sa.ymca.org.au/ourservices/youth-parliament/