Debut for political aspirants

MORE than 90 young leaders from across the state, including several from the Sunshine Coast, have met in Brisbane to mark the beginning of the 2013 YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament.

Communities Minister Tracy Davis last night officially launched the 18th annual event at Parliament House where young parliamentarians aged 15-25 take part in an introductory three-day forum.

"The YMCA Youth Parliament is an inspirational program, giving young people the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to become future leader in their communities," Ms Davis said.

"Over the weekend participants will get to know each other, form committees and discuss ideas for bills and issues affecting their communities and Queensland."

In coming months the committees will meet either in person or over the phone or internet to write bills.

They also will engage with their community before coming together later in the year to debate the bills in Queensland Parliament House.

Ms Davis said this year's Youth Parliament participants were selected from a record 190 applications.


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