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Day three of Youth Parliament – Live Blog Archive

July 4, 2014

5:30PM It’s over. Youth Parliament closes with a ceremony in Parliament’s Legislative Assembly. On the last day, the KGI’s Bill to introduce alcohol plain packaging was defeated, as was the Bill to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21 in Victoria. Most importantly, this year’s Youth Governor, Will Stojkovski, handed the position over to […]

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Day two of Youth Parliament – Live Blog Archive

July 1, 2014

6:01PM Things got pretty heated by the end of the day. Literally. Members in the Legislative Council were told they could remove their jackets. The heat must have made them crazy, because things got very shouty in the Council, but also giggly. The Speakers in both chambers were calling for order several times by the […]

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Youth Governor opens 2014 Youth Parliament

June 30, 2014

The 2014 YMCA Victorian Youth Parliament Program is officially open. Youth Governor, William Stojkovski. officially declared parliament in session, with a poetic speech that drew a wide round of applause. “Will’s speech was incredible”, Youth Premier, Oussama Abou-Zeid said. Abou-Zeid said he was “very nervous, excited” about the weeks sessions. Stojkvski said he found inspiration […]

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To protect people, students hope to protect animals

June 25, 2014

Students from Firbank and Brighton Grammar will push for Victorians who have acted cruelly towards animals to be rehabilitated. Earlier this year, when looking at issues to draft their Bill for Youth Parliament, the teams noticed the rising media coverage on violence or cruelty to animals. “A couple of stories had come out about extreme […]

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Young Victorians look to shape their own education

June 24, 2014

The Swinburne University team will fight for the rights of fellow students and graduates, as they demand for compulsory internship programs within Victoria. The group of six has created a statewide “industry based” learning program after researching similar programs available to them within their own university. By introducing a compulsory internship program for Victorian companies, […]

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Students take underage cosmetic surgery debate to Spring St.

June 24, 2014

The Gannawarra Youth Council is demanding mandatory regulation of cosmetic surgery for minors. Body image has been a long-discussed issue for adolescents, with evidence suggesting that 31% of young Australians express dissatisfaction with their bodily or facial appearances. The team’s Bill states that for minor’s ages between 15 and 17, “the joint consent of both […]

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Young students tackle big issue

June 18, 2014

They may be young, but they are taking on a big issue. A group of passionate Melbourne students are tackling climate change by proposing a new Bill aimed at reducing carbon emission by 20%. The six students from Melbourne Girls College (MGC) have developed ‘The Compulsory Environmentally Sustainable Industrial Building Bill’, as part of the […]

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