Day: June 28, 2016

365 days until another P Plate discussion?

June 28, 2016

By Maggy Liu If you were to guess the issue being discussed in Youth Parliament for the sixth time in its 30-year history, what would you say? Would it be gay marriage? Or maybe legalising marijuana? Perhaps euthanasia? Surprisingly, an issue first raised in 1987 is to lower the probationary driving age from 18 to […]

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Ending Racism is Crucial to Mount Alexander Shire Participants

June 28, 2016

By Rebekah Andrews Cultural illiteracy is a significant problem in Victoria, which is why six students from Mount Alexander Shire fought for it at State Parliament today, participating in the YMCA’s Victorian Youth Parliament program. They offered the Compulsory Cultural Literacy Education Bill 2016 and debated it amid arguments that it was adding work to […]

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Newhaven College Students Introduce Psychologists in Schools

June 28, 2016

By Kim Koelmeyer Newhaven College’s Youth Parliament bill passed the Legislative Assembly with resounding support this afternoon. The Implementing the School Psychologists Program Bill aimed to install one psychologist per 300 students in every state primary and secondary school in Victoria. Newhaven College team member Jessie Van Hamond said the bill is of utmost importance, […]

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A Close Margin: Students Push for Seniors to Display ‘S Plates’

June 28, 2016

By Christiane Barro   Students from Overnewton Anglican College have failed to pass a bill at Youth Parliament this afternoon aimed at ensuring strict new conditions for senior drivers. Under the proposed scheme, drivers aged 75 and older who fail a medically assessed driving test would have to display ‘S Plates’ and hold a modified […]

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Wangaratta Youths to Tackle Drug Overdose at Events

June 28, 2016

By Sunny Liu Wangaratta High School students are tackling drug overdose at public events in Victoria, proposing a bill to implement drug-testing facilities at venues.   The bill passed Youth Parliament unanimously and will be presented to the corresponding Minister, with a chance to influence state legislation. The six students from Wangaratta High School drafted […]

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Free Public Transport Bill Sparks Heated Debate

June 28, 2016

By Jamal Ben Haddou Youth parliamentarians have paved the way for a more evenhanded public transport system after unanimously passing a bill that exempts disadvantaged students from public transport fees. Kangan Youth Foyer sponsored the Free Public Transport for Students with Health Care Cards Bill in the YMCA Youth Parliament with heated debate. The bill […]

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Mental Health Causes Furore in Youth Parliament

June 28, 2016

By Netania Lim Six students from Melbourne Girls College debated their mental health bill in YMCA Youth Parliament this morning. The issue proved important to the young parliamentarians, who gave passionate speeches on mental illness. “It is undetectable, and that is why it is paramount that we pass this bill today,” sponsor of the bill […]

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