Youth Parliament A Great Success

The Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos, officially closed the 29th YMCA Youth Parliament today, accepting 20 Bills that were passed and granted assent by the Youth Governor.

Ms Mikakos congratulated participants from across Victoria on the high standard of debate on real issues facing Victorians.

Bills passed this year included free mental health first aid training in high schools, compulsory family violence education in schools and minimising the impact of ICE on Victorian communities.

Ms Mikakos will now present the Bills that have passed to the relevant government ministers for consideration.

Over 20 years, more than 20 Bills passed by Youth Parliament have then gone on to become law.

18 aspiring journalists in the Youth Press Gallery covered the event which involved 120 Youth Parliament delegates from across Victoria.

Run by the YMCA, the Andrews Labor Government is proud to contribute $101,500 to the Youth Parliament and Youth Press Gallery programs annually.

Quotes attributed to Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos

“Bills this year covered many serious issues facing Victorians today, making the standard of debate particularly high.”

“This year’s youth parliamentarians have thrown up great ideas about how to tackle family violence, mental health and the ICE scourge that we will take a good look at.”

The Andrews Labor Government has a vision to make Victoria the Education State – and engaging young Victorians in practical education programs is part of that vision.”

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