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Youth Parliament in session

Seventeen young people in Grades 10–12 at schools across the state ascended the steps of Hobart’s Parliament House last month to take part in the 34th Youth Parliament.

The event is organised by a not-for-profit group of young volunteers called the Tasmanian Youth Government Association Task Force, whose primary aim is to educate young people about Tasmania’s system of government.

Youth Parliament 2023 commenced in the House of Assembly on 11 July with the Attorney-General, Elise Archer, officially opening the event and applauding the program’s focus on equipping young Tasmanians with the practical skills to critically engage with prominent issues and political processes.

“I want all young Tasmanians to know the issues that affect them are important,” the Attorney-General said.

“Educating and empowering our young Tasmanians to analyse issues and understand parliamentary and political process are at the core of our democratic system of government.

“I urge young people to be curious and contact their local Member of Parliament to find out more about matters of interest to them, or if something is affecting them.”

Youth Parliamentarians participated in a week- long mock Parliament, with the students introducing and debating their own draft Bills on the floor of the House.

“The topics debated by our Youth Parliamentarians are issues affecting Tasmanians, and often do not have an easy solution, such as urban planning, youth crime, mental health and climate change,” Ms Archer said.

“I am thrilled that our young Tasmanians get the opportunity to participate in the Youth Parliament Program supported by our Government, the YMCA and the Parliament.”

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