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Youth Parliament a great opportunity

Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, has spent time in the Victorian Parliament chairing this week’s Youth Parliament.

It is a role Mr Ramsay has undertaken numerous times.

“It is a great opportunity to be involved with young people from across Victoria who have an interest in their state and a passion to be involved,” Mr Ramsay said.

“Students from all walks of life assemble in the Parliament expressing views on legislation that matters to them.

“It’s a wonderful privilege to be part of the experience, and hopefully nurturing the next generation of leaders and thinkers.”

This week’s Youth Parliament came as the Liberal National Coalition announced it would provide $120,000 a year for four years to the YMCA to run the Youth Parliament Program – an increase of $20,000 a year compared to current arrangements.

Currently the program receives year-by-year funding from the Andrew Labor Government.

“This promise provides funding for four years – giving certainty to the program and more opportunities to young people who want to be part of it,” he said.

The Coalition funding will also provide more support for young people who are deaf or hard of hearing and support young people travelling from rural and regional areas.

Youth Parliament was established in 1987 and is run by the YMCA in conjunction with the Victorian Government.

Each year, 120 students aged 16 to 25 undertake leadership training, team building and other activities.

Participants form teams of six and raise $4000 to attend.

Youth Parliament has provided the opportunity for 3000 young Victorians to speak out on issues important to them.