Greenslopes’ Morgan O’Neill takes a seat in 23rd Youth Parliament
The opening of the 23rd YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament will see 93 young people take a seat in the Legislative Assembly Chamber including Greenslopes’ Morgan O’Neill.
Member for Greenslopes, Joe Kelly congratulated Morgan on playing her part in such an important event.
“Morgan is part of a select group of 93 future leaders who each represent an electorate in Queensland, he said.
“Morgan has been working hard since being nominated in April.
“For the last six months Morgan, as part of the department of Justice and the Attorney General, has been helping research, write and draft their Bill ready to submit to Parliament.”
Joe Kelly said this experience culminates over the next four days debating ideas on the floor of Parliament and getting the Bills passed.
“It will be exciting to see what ideas are put forward by the QYP and which are supported,” he said.
“This is a unique opportunity for Morgan to be immersed in the whole parliamentary experience,” he said.
“I am confident that Morgan will benefit from the experience to mingle with members of government and opposition in a once in a lifetime opportunity to create real change in Queensland.
Joe was impressed with Morgan’s passion and commitment to local issues which he said are the qualities we wish to foster in our future leaders.
“Morgan has the opportunity to be the voice of young people in our electorate and to provide knowledge and insights to politicians and decision-makers,” he said.
Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer said the QYP program is all about encouraging Queensland’s future leaders which is why the State Government provides the YMCA with more than $65,000 a year to fund the program.
“As part of the program these 15-25yo parliamentarians have been given the opportunity to work closely with their local Members of Parliament,” she said.
For more information on the 2018 YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament visit www.ymcaqyp.org.au.