Luke gets taste of 'the house'
AT 17, Isis District State High School student Luke Nicol got a taste for the democratic process as the Youth Member for Burnett at the 14th Queensland Youth Parliament in Brisbane at the beginning of the month.
Luke said as a part of the experience, he and the other youth members got the opportunity to debate youth issues such as compulsory civil service, Indigenous education and economic opportunities, student-centred learning and free health care schemes.
Two of the bills were passed and were to be presented to the Premier and the Opposition Leader.
This year marked Luke's second year at the youth parliament.
“I was very pleased to see a great number of new participants voicing their ideas on youth issues,” he said.
Luke encouraged anyone who had the chance to get involved with the youth parliament.
“Youth parliament was an amazing opportunity for me to voice my opinions on youth issues, as well as network with other like-minded young people from all over Queensland,” he said.
Youth Parliament is run with the support of the YMCA, the Department of Communities and the members of parliament and parliamentary staff.