Day: 3 July 2014

Giving youth the vote would be “undemocratic” argues opposition in Youth Parliament

July 3, 2014

Despite heated debate, the optional Youth Voting Bill passed in the Legislative Council with 36 for, 21 against. The Bill, presented by the Westbourne team, calls for an opt-in system allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote in State elections. Jayden Defina, sponsor of the Bill said all young people in Victoria should be […]

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Youth Parliament decides religious institutions should not be exempt from discrimation law

July 3, 2014

Bendigo’s controversial Bill that proposed changes to the Equal Opportunity Act to remove the exemptions of religious institutions has passed Youth Parliament. In Parliamentary debate sessions, the Bill faced examination and questioning regarding whether or not religious institutions should be allowed to discriminate based on personal characteristics. “The current legislation places them above the law,” […]

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Victorian businesses will soon undergo Indigenous cultural training

July 3, 2014

After a passionate debate in the Legislative Assembly this morning, representatives of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience saw their Bill pass with amendments. The Bill, “Cultural awareness to be provided to professionals in the education, health and legal system”, was drafted in the hope of closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, said team […]

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Youth Parliament makes it harder for under 18s to undergo cosmetic surgery

July 3, 2014

The Bill of Mandatory Regulation of Cosmetic Surgery for Minors, originally drafted by the representatives of Gannawarra, has passed the Legislative Assembly of Youth Parliament. The Bill seeks to protect Victorian minors from any harmful long-lasting consequences of cosmetic surgery. It would set up requirements any applicant under the legal age of 18 wishing to […]

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Sexual education act to help prevent homophobia passes

July 3, 2014

In the Youth Parliament Legislative Assembly, both sides quoted facts and told anecdotes, as the Hopper’s Crossing team successfully passed its Comprehensive Sexual Education Act (CSEA). The Bill calls for students to start being taught sexual education as soon as year 5, with a focus not just on sexual health but teachings on sexual identity […]

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Young people are more interested in politics then ever, says Youth Governor

July 3, 2014

After a poetic opening speech to Youth Parliament and a meeting with Victoria’s Lieutenant Governor, Marilyn Warren, on Monday, the Youth Governor, William Stojkovski has has a busy week. “It’s a really special part of the program every year,” said Stojkovski. “[Lieutenant Governor Warren] is really, really lovely, super approachable and a huge proponent of […]

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