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Abergowrie Youth Parliament at Ingham, 22 April 2008

A Youth Parliament for senior secondary school students was conducted by Community Engagement unit of the Queensland Parliament in Ingham on Tuesday, 22 April 2008.

The Youth Parliament was hosted by Abergowrie College at the Knight Club Function Centre in Ingham.  Over ninety secondary students from Abergowrie College, Ingham State High School and Gilroy Santa Maria College participated in the Youth Parliament. 

The aim of the Youth Parliament was provide students with a parliamentary experience based on the processes and procedures of the Queensland Parliament. 

The opening of the day’s proceedings included “a welcome to country” by the traditional custodians from the Ingham area.  

Students debated a specially drafted bill titled “Youth Education Bill 2008” which would provide for compulsory community service, driver education and health and physical education in the senior secondary school curriculum in Queensland. Additionally, students participated in an Adjournment Debate when they were allowed to speak, for one minute only, on any youth issues falling within the jurisdiction of the Queensland Parliament. 

The Youth Parliament activity was presided over by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Hon Mike Reynolds AM MP and the Member for Hinchinbrook, Mr Andrew Cripps.

Students participating in a youth parliament at Ingham hosted by Abergowrie College