Girraween High Schooler climbs political ladder

MONICA Jovanov once dreamed of becoming Australia's first female prime minister but though she's been pipped at that post her interest in politics hasn't waned.

The year 10 student at Girraween High School, 15, will represent the Baulkham Hills electorate at next year's YMCA Youth Parliament.

She was picked by Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott for the program which aims to promote youth advocacy and leadership, based on an interview.

"He asked me my views on things such as euthanasia and gay marriage, as well as things that were more specific to NSW Parliament such as WorkCover premiums," she said.

"When I was younger I always used to tell my parents I was going to be the first female prime minister. I felt empowered that a woman in general got the position."

The Baulkam Hills Lions Club has sponsored Monica to attend two camps in March and July, where she will be grouped with other politically-minded peers to create and attempt to pass a bill in a week-long parliamentary sitting.

"In year 6 and this year we went to Canberra for a day and we watched a bit of parliamentary debating," she said.

"The whole experience makes me excited. It's interesting to watch how they manage to speak on the spot and so fluently.

"They're so passionate about what they're saying. It fascinates me."

Monica is part of a school and inter-school social justice committee and has been voted next year's Student Representative Council president.

"I'm really excited about that as well, because I've been on the SRC for a few years now and it's helped to develop my interests in politics and helping people."

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