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Young Members of Parliament Push for Youth Ambassadors in Local Councils

August 22, 2015

Nathan Fioritti Local Government Reporter Youth disengagement in politics has been a significant issue in Australia over the last few years, and is something which has been reflected within our national public discourse. In 2013 Kevin Rudd, our PM at the time, addressed the problem of “switched off” youth in a speech following his successful […]

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Gannawarra Youth Fight for Stricter Parole Conditions

July 7, 2015

Claudia Long Law & Order Reporter YMCA Youth Press Gallery A controversial proposal to implement stricter parole conditions in Victoria has passed Youth Parliament this morning. Gannawarra Youth Council’s proposed bill passed the lower house with 36 affirmative votes to 15 negatives after an emotional debate between the council team and Melbourne Girls College. The […]

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Compulsory Education of Family Violence Bill Passes Youth Parliament

July 5, 2015

Alice Rennison Women’s Affairs Reporter YMCA Youth Press Gallery Hobsons Bay City Council’s Bill for YMCA Youth Parliament, on ‘the compulsory education of family violence in schools’, passed unanimously on Thursday.   Members of the sponsoring team argued the importance of including domestic violence in to the school curriculum. “How can we expect young people to combat […]

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Gender-Neutral School Uniforms Bill Passes Youth Parliament

July 4, 2015

Sunny Liu Education Reporter YMCA Youth Press Gallery The 29th Victorian Youth Parliament has successfully concluded yesterday. Among all the bills been debated, Keilor’s gender-neutral school uniform bill was passed by the Youth Parliamentarians and will be handed to the Education Minister for consideration.   The ‘gender-neutral school uniform bill’ was sponsored by the student team from Overnewton […]

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Tackling Sexual Assault: Compulsory Self-defence Classes for Victorian Secondary Students

July 4, 2015

Ellijahna Victoria Law & Order Reporter YMCA Youth Press Gallery VICTORIAN students have called for compulsory self-defence classes at secondary schools in a bid to combat the threat of violence and sexual assaults. The call was made at the annual YMCA Youth Parliament where a Deakin University team tabled a bill to have self-defense a […]

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Increased Opportunities for Homeless Youth Bill Passes in Youth Parliament

July 3, 2015

Luke Collins Housing & Local Government Reporter YMCA Youth Press Gallery The team of students from Swinburne University have taken positive steps in Youth Parliament to further their goal of increasing opportunities for homeless youth. The team’s bill proposes to open three age-tiered “opportunity centres” within a 5km radius of the Melbourne CBD area, the […]

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Students Crack Down on Carbon Emissions

July 3, 2015

Lauren Colosimo Environment & Social Justice Reporter YMCA Youth Press Gallery A climate conscious group of students from Firbank and Brighton Grammar schools have devised a Bill that factors the price of carbon into vehicle registrations. As part of the YMCA Youth Parliament, the students drafted the Bill and debated it in the Victorian Parliament […]

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