Youth Parliamentarians convene in Arcadia

High school students from across NSW visited Arcadia’s Vision Valley Adventure Camp yesterday for a final training day ahead of this year’s YMCA NSW Youth Parliament.

The young political hopefuls  were given workshop lessons on public speaking and parliamentary procedure ahead of their visit to NSW Parliament House in July.

Hornsby state MP Matt Kean gave tips on how to be a confident public speaker.

“It’s great to see these students getting involved and being active participants in this important educational program,” Mr Kean said.

“The students taking part in the Youth Parliament will learn important skills such as how to develop political relationships, team work and negotiation.” 

At Parliament House, about 160 students from 83 of the 93 electorates in NSW will take to the floor of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council.

The Youth MPs will be divided into committees including, education, indigenous health, ageing and disability, to write either a Bill or Parliamentary Report to solve a problem they have identified.

Once their draft legislation is finalised they will convene for Youth Sitting Week to debate the bills.

They will present them directly to senior members of Parliament, such as Premier Barry O’Farrell and Opposition Leader John Robertson.

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