UWA’s Chelsea stands in Cockburn member’s shoes at Youth Parliament


Chelsea Francis. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Chelsea Francis. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

PERTH’S leaders of tomorrow were offered a glimpse of the future during the YMCA Youth Parliament program earlier this month.

As part of the initiative, State Politicians were replaced by 58 fresh faces who developed and debated legislation in Parliament.

Chelsea Francis assumed Fran Logan’s role as the member for Cockburn.

The 18-year-old, a UWA student studying business law and economics, described the opportunity as “transformative”.

“I had the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals and form friendships with other passionate young people who share similar interests,” she said.

“Participating in the youth parliament exposed me to the foremost law-making body; the legislative arm of government.

“I was given the opportunity to promote social issues that are close to my heart, from the perspective of youth, to the state government.”

Issues debated included mental health, domestic violence, youth unemployment and cultural awareness.

Youth Minister Tony Simpson said the program was a platform for young people to have their say on the big issues.