The State's politicians have been replaced by nearly 60 fresh faces this week, as young West Australians assume the roles of Parliamentarians to develop and debate legislation in Parliament House.
The YMCA Youth Parliament program, funded by the Department of Local Government and Communities, provides young people with opportunities to develop their personal skills and learn more about the political process in WA.
Youth Minister Tony Simpson opened this year's Youth Parliament and said the topics of debate were of significant importance to young people.
Among the Bills to be debated at the 2016 Youth Parliament are:
- Cultural Awareness Bill 2016
- Domestic Violence Victims' Support Bill 2016
- LOTE Education Reform and Subsidy Bill 2016
- Mental Health Bill 2016
- Youth Employment and Regional Development Initiative Bill 2016.
Youth Parliament will sit on 4, 5 and 7 July this year, with 58 young leaders representing 49 different localities, including six regional areas.
The Youth Parliament program has been running for more than 20 years.