Formalised debating is a wonderful way to improve public speaking skills, but do you ever wish that you could actually debate for what you believe in? The Youth Parliament of Victoria gives young people the opportunity to set the agenda, and speak passionately about a topic that they choose.

Each Youth Parliament Team will conceive a bill within the remit of Victorian law making, and just as in real Parliament, take it to the top end of Spring Street for debate amongst their peers. If voted through and passed by the members of the House, Bills are given assent by the Youth Governor of Victoria. Bills are then handed to the Government to be considered by the relevant Government Ministers.

In the Victorian Youth Parliament’s 29 year history, more than 25 pieces of State Legislation have originated in the Youth Parliament, including:

  • Roadside Drug Testing for Drivers
  • Over the Counter Availability of the Morning After Pill
  • Mandatory Wearing of a Bicycle Helmet
  • Removal of Glass from Identified High-Risk Entertainment Venues
  • Gun Reformation Laws

The Youth Parliament is unique in its capacity to provide an ongoing and accurate cross section of youth opinions throughout the state. The Youth Parliamentarians choose, and subsequently debate the issues that they have selected. It is for this reason the Youth Parliament continues to produce such a potent response from the sitting Government, and generate interest from the Media.

For 2016 the full list of bills are as follows:

  • Mandatory Entrepreneurship Classes in Secondary Schools Bills 2016
  • Lowering the Probationary Driving Age Bill 2016
  •  Regulation of Image Alteration Bill 2016
  • Reformation of the Victorian Certificate of Education Bill 2016 – VCE
  • Increasing Veterans’ Support Bills
  • Girls’ Access to Education and Health Products Bill 2016
  • Free Public Transport for Students with Concession Cards Bill 2016
  • Mandatory Indigenous Seat on All Victorian Councils Bills 2016
  •  Improving Access to Drug Rehabilitation in Rural Areas Bills 2016
  • Smoking Prohibition Bill 2016
  • Comprehensive Youth Mental Health Organisation Bill 2016
  • Equal Access to Breast Milk Donations Bill 2016
  • Compulsory Cultural Literacy Education in Victoria Bill 2016
  • Implementing the School Psychologists in Program Bill 2016
  • S Plates for Senior Drivers Bill 2016
  • Sustainable Hunting Reform Bill 2016
  • Implementing Drug Testing at Events Bill 2016
  • Implementation of an Alternative Schoolies Program Bill 2016
  • Marijuana Control and Reform Bill 2016
  • Introducing Medically Supervised Injecting Centre’s in Victoria 2016

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