Victoria

Drug Addicts Left in the Dark

July 14, 2016

YMCA Youth Press Gallery created an audio story that was broadcast on SYN FM on Tuesday 12 July 2016. Check it out here. By Rochelle Kirkham

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Students Speak up for Rural Concerns

July 1, 2016

Originally published in the Gannawarra Times. By Maggy Liu Six passionate young people from the Shire of Gannawarra have campaigned for the rights of rural youths at this year’s YMCA Youth Parliament. In its 30th year, YMCA Youth Parliament is a program offering young Victorians the opportunity to have their voices heard and influence state […]

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Indigenous Students Stand up for Under-Representation in Victoria

July 1, 2016

By Anthea Batsakis Young people from the Korin Gamadji Institute are speaking out against the gross under-representation of indigenous Australians in Victoria. After a heated debate, the KGI team passed a bill in YMCA Youth Parliament that would add a mandatory indigenous seat on every local council. Sponsoring team member Naki Kadd said the team […]

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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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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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Indigenous Students Push for Mandatory Indigenous Education

June 26, 2015

Shayan Shankar Indigenous Affairs Reporter YMCA Youth Press Gallery Concerned with the lack of knowledge surrounding Australia’s true history, a group of young Indigenous students are pushing for mandatory Indigenous education in Victorian secondary schools. In a Bill drafted by members of the South-East Koori Mob team in lieu of the upcoming YMCA Youth Parliament, […]

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Dreams worth pursuing

June 21, 2015

Shayan Shankar Features Writer and Indigenous Affairs Reporter YMCA Youth Press Gallery As Youth Governor of this year’s YMCA Youth Parliament, Nada Aldobasic isn’t intimidated by the idea of being the spokesperson for young people of Victoria. Instead, she welcomes it. For the 22-year old, proud Gunditjmara woman, her life has been informed by sharing […]

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