Sophia gets a taste for politics

Sophia Drazevic with Hillarys MLA Rob Johnson.
Sophia Drazevic with Hillarys MLA Rob Johnson.

Passionate about both, the St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School Year 11 student is also a school debater and in the WA Law Society’s Mock Trial Competition.

Sophia (16) will sample life as a politician ” as the Youth Member for Hillarys ” when the 59-member YMCA Youth Parliament convenes from July 13-18.

‘My politics and law teacher thought it was my sort of thing so I applied and was really excited to hear I had been successful,’ she said.

‘It will be a highlight for the end of term.’

Sophia is on the Youth Parliament’s first committee for women’s interests with Youth Member for Moore/opposition environment spokeswoman Hannah Lyons.

The seven-member committee will put up a Female Equity and Representation in the Workplace Bill, proposing compulsory gender equality training in government workplaces and a minimum 40 per cent female quota in executive-level government jobs.

‘I hope the Bill can be given to the Member for Women’s Interests (Liza Harvey) and brought up in Parliament,’ Sophia said.

‘I know it is very big and quite controversial but it’s definitely very important.

‘Women bring different styles of thinking (to the workplace).

‘For those not at the top, this gives them a beacon to know they can get there.’

Sophia turned to long-time Hillarys MLA Rob Johnson for background for a 90-second locally targeted speech she will also deliver.

‘I thought it important to hear what issues are important in the wider community and in Hillarys they are hooning and domestic violence,’ she said.

Sophia, who hopes to study law at university, worries young victims of domestic violence often find themselves on the streets and at risk.

She wants more homeless shelters, particularly facilities catering for youth only.

Other Youth Parliament members include Daniela Koulikov (Youth Member for Butler), Adam Walker (Kingsley/education minister), Lewis Hutton (Ocean Reef), Elodie Prinsloo (Wanneroo), Thilini Gunaratne (Girrawheen) and Richard Javangwe (Joondalup).