2019

Youth pass their bill in parliament

October 10, 2019

This year’s Castlemaine Secondary College youth parliament team Shanti Steventon, Uma Dingeman, Gek Wylde, Alex Marney, Amy Ferguson, and Niamh O’Connor have had their bill passed by the legislative council.  By Youssef Saudie Castlemaine students have passed a bill to raise the criminal age responsibility to 14 at the 2019 YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament.  Castlemaine […]

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Newhaven students pass the Bill

September 27, 2019

Newhaven College students attended the Victorian Youth Parliament earlier this month and successfully tabled their Bill, ‘Court Dogs for Vulnerable Witnesses’. From left to right: Matisse Cousins, Angie Christos, Caitlin Hunt, Angus Smith, Simon Hunt and Sarah Larkin. By Lyreca Corloncito Students from Newhaven College have successfully passed their ‘Court Dogs for Vulnerable Witnesses’ Bill […]

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‘Ineffective’: Age of criminal responsibility must be increased

September 25, 2019

Australia has some way to go to improve its criminal justice system concerning children (image via Twitter). By Youssef Saudie The age of criminal responsibility must be increased, says Youssef Saudie. AT VICTORIA’S Youth Parliament recently, six students from the regional Victorian town Castlemaine passed a bill on raising the State’s criminal age of responsibility to 14 years of age — […]

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Water a priority for students

September 16, 2019

Warrandyte High School students Lucy, Alicia, Evangeline, Skye, Bella and Alexis at Youth Parliament. Picture: Lachie Abbott By Lachie Abbott At the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament a team of students from Warrandyte High School passed a proposal for the compulsory installation of water tanks on new residential sites. The Warrandyte team’s Bill passed with 34 […]

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Mildura students fight for rural mental health reforms

September 16, 2019

SUCCESS! Pleased with their Bill triumph are, left to right: Eliza Bessell-Tafengatoto, Josh May, Taurie Bishop, Jack Smith, Georgia Leutner and Brady Glen. By Medha Vernekar The timing could not have been better for six Mildura students attending the recent sitting of the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament. The team, comprising Josh May, Jack Smith, Brady […]

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Alex speaks up in parliament

September 6, 2019

Alex and his team members speak up in parliament. By Minyue Ding Essendon resident, Alex Tyndall has successfully passed a Bill proposing more funding for university accommodation at the 2019 YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament on the first of July. Alex and his team members Declan Negus, Bree Booth, Miguel Regaio and Aisha Warsame tabled a […]

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This is the real reason young Australians aren’t voting

September 5, 2019

Young people came out in force for the 2017 same-sex marriage postal survey. But when it came to the recent federal election, young people failed to turn up. Victorian Youth Parliament’s Cassie Sneikus says there’s a pretty simple reason why. By Cassie Sniekus Despite being engaged in social issues, when it comes to our party […]

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