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Young Parliamentarians speak up to shape their future

2013-07-15

More than 80 young South Australians will learn how Parliament works, as well as having a say on the issues that matter to them during this week's Youth Parliament.

Minister for Youth Tony Piccolo said that a range of issues would be debated over the coming week – including indigenous education, hate crimes and measures to prevent youth violence.

"Youth Parliament is a great opportunity for young people to get a taste of the inner workings of Parliament," he said.

"It's always great to see the diverse range of young South Australians who are keen to learn more about how the Parliamentary system works.

"These young parliamentarians have put in a lot of preparation ahead of this week and I look forward to seeing some of the debate over the coming five days."

Since it began in 1985, the YMCA of SA Youth Parliament has given more than 1,000 young people a greater understanding how parliament works. The program aims to give these young people the confidence and skills to make a difference in their communities.

As well as developing public speaking and leadership skills, participants can gain credit towards their SACE Certificate and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

"The Bills that are passed this week in Youth Parliament will be given to me as the Minister for Youth, on behalf of the State Government, and I'll be taking note of what is proposed," Mr Piccolo said.

"I'd encourage members of the public to head along to Parliament House this week and listen to some of the debates from these future leaders."

The full list of the 14 Bills and the debate schedule can be viewed at www.sa.ymca.org.au. The Youth Parliament sitting will also stream live at the site.

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