Look out, Deb! Jennifer tries out MP’s gig
WHILE the state parliamentarians have been out of the chamber, young people from around the state have been warming their seats in Parliament House for the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament.
Jennifer Archdall was the 2014 Nanango Youth MP.
Before the Year 12 Nanango State High School student set off for Brisbane, her counterpart, Deb Frecklington, gave her a few tips. "She was really nice and really lovely and helped to give me a bit of insight into the program," Jennifer said.
Jennifer began the week-long sitting with an address about the challenges rural areas faced in retaining young people.
She and the rest of the transport, utilities, trade and tourism committee then had the chance to present bills they had written to the Youth Parliament.
"We created a bill over a broad range of topics - I personally wrote the section on the deregulation of casinos to make it easier for people to get licences for casinos to make it easier for tourism in Queensland," she said. The bill also recommended making bicycle helmets optional for people over the age of 16.
"It gives you an idea of what it's like to be a part of the parliamentary process so you can see if that's something you want to strive to achieve," she said.
Jennifer said it was a great experience but she was not set on a career in politics, leaning more towards journalism.