Young leaders take over Parliament House

Youth Premier Shelby Pannell (18), of Kingsley and Youth Opposition Leader Hadi Rahimi (22), of Armadale. Pictures: Andrew Ritchie.            www.communitypix.com.au       d494572
Youth Premier Shelby Pannell (18), of Kingsley and Youth Opposition Leader Hadi Rahimi (22), of Armadale. Pictures: Andrew Ritchie. www.communitypix.com.au d494572

ASPIRING young politicians are advocating their views on state issues in Parliament this week.

There were 59 people aged between 15 and 25 years who took part in YMCA WA’s annual Youth Parliament Camp from July 15 to 18.

They put together bills related to issues including support for rural and indigenous women, removing luxury car tax on electric vehicles and requiring one in three GPs to specialise in youth mental health.

The high school and university students will also visit Point Walter Recreation Centre during the week.

YMCA WA chief executive Ross Kyrwood said the leadership program encouraged people to be confident about being heard by the community.

Shelby Pannell.

Youth Premier and Kingsley resident Shelby Pannell (18), who is studying political science at UWA, said the camp experience was “surreal.”

“It is an absolute privilege to work with these amazing young people and educate them about our political system,” she said.

“You feel the weight of the world on your shoulders.”

Hadi Rahimi.

Youth Opposition Leader and Armadale resident Hadi Rahimi (22), who is studying social work at Curtin University, said he wanted to service the community in the future.

“I am absolutely delighted to be part of this process and getting into a leadership position and advocating, directing and empowering young people,” he said.

“The take away for me is the capacity building, networking with other young people and sharing our experiences.”

The bills will be presented to the State Government, State Opposition, the Department of Communities and WA Governor Kim Beazley.

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