Saturday, March 3, 2012

First National Indigenous Youth Parliament

Participants wanted

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Indigenous right to vote in federal elections, the Australian Electoral Commission, in partnership with the YMCA, is running the first ever National Indigenous Youth Parliament, and applications are now open.

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people between the ages of 16 and 25, who are passionate about making positive changes in their communities, are invited to apply. In all, 48 young people will be chosen
to represent their communities and have the chance to speak up on issues that are important to them during the Youth Parliament, which will be held in late May 2012.

Participants will undergo a training weekend in April, where they will learn to draft a parliamentary bill. They will then attend a week-long residential program in Canberra and present their bills in the Old
Parliament House. Social activities and opportunities to meet MPs are also

To download an application pack, go to the following Australian Electoral Commission web page:
The closing date for applications is 30 March and cost for participation is $200 (all other costs including accommodation, if necessary, will be covered).

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