Youth homelessness to be debated at this week’s Youth Parliament
Youth homelessness will headline debate at the 20th Youth Parliament which opens today at
Youth Minister Zoe Bettison said 80 young South Australians aged 15 to 24 will express their
views and passionately debate the issues that matter to them.
"Over the past 20 years, Youth Parliament has helped to inform more than 1000 young people
about parliamentary and democratic processes," Ms Bettison said.
"It helps to build confidence and leadership skills in young South Australians."
Earlier this year, young people from across the State were asked to vote on a topic for the
Motion of Public Importance which be debated by the entire Youth Parliament.
They cited youth homelessness as the most important issue facing young people. Other topics
of debate include mandatory vaccinations, rural education disadvantage, primary education
"Youth homelessness is a key focus of the 2015 Youth Strategy for South Australia - It starts
with YOUth – so I'm really pleased to see it prioritised here," she said.
This year, 25% of participants are from regional communities and each has been awarded a
scholarship to assist with travel costs.
"Young people from our regional communities have unique perspectives and experiences to
share," Ms Bettison said.
"I commend them for their interest and willingness to travel considerable distance to join their
peers for Youth Parliament.
"I encouraged my parliamentary colleagues and members of the public to attend Parliament
House this week and listen to some of the debates.
"I am really looking forward to seeing all the participants in action."
Youth Parliament is managed by YMCA South Australia and supported by the Government of
South Australia, through the Office for Youth.
The list of 12 Bills and the debate schedule can be viewed at www.sa.ymca.org.au.
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