Queensland Youth Parliament

The Committees

During the program, Youth Members are placed into legislative committees based on their areas of interest, and are assigned a mentor who is experienced in parliamentary protocol and legislative writing. After discussing relevant issues and coming to an agreement on a topic they would like to debate in Parliament, they are divided into sponsoring and refuting teams, led by elected Ministers. The sponsoring team is responsible for writing the Youth Bill and the refuting team is responsible for writing amendments to improve it. Armed with their Youth Bills and amendments, Youth Members assemble in Brisbane for one week, in the September-October mid-semester break and debate in the Queensland Parliamentary Chambers.

Below is a list of the 2019 committees and their responsibilities:

COMMUNITIES AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PARTNERSHIPS

Mentor: Martin Boga

This committee will seek to improve outcomes for vulnerable and marginalised communities throughout Queensland, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, refugee and migrant communities, and the LGBTIQ+ community. The committee will be tasked with rising to the challenges of improving education and health outcomes, and is also responsible for promoting multicultural events and protecting the cultural history of our First Peoples.


CHILD SAFETY, YOUTH AND WOMEN

Mentor: Kathryn Schmidt

The committee for Child Safety, Youth and Women will target many of the same key areas as its real-life departmental counterpart, including supporting and enabling youth leadership and empowerment, the protection of children and women from domestic violence, the foster care and adoption systems, and the promotion of gender equality. They will have recourse to many existing policies developed by the Department, including the Queensland Youth and Women’s Strategies, youth justice reforms, and domestic violence prevention legislation.


HEALTH, DISABILITY SERVICES AND SENIORS

Mentor: Phoebe Reid-Smith

Responsibility for the health, disability services and seniors of Queensland will lie with this committee, who will seek to improve the health equity of the state and ensure Queenslanders live long, healthy and independent lives. They will aim to ensure an effective and efficient health system that caters to all populations, a high quality of life for people living with a disability, and that our ageing population is well-cared for and supported.


JUSTICE AND CORRECTIVE SERVICES

Mentor: Chelsea Clarkson

Justice and corrective services are key issues for Queenslanders, and this committee will seek to make a safer and more equitable state through changes to existing legislation and the creation of new laws. They will respond to the needs and interests of the community by improving frontline services and maintaining a comprehensive justice system.

CLIMATE, AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Mentor: Daylon Johnston

This committee will tackle the real and pressing challenges posed by climate change, and their impact on a state like Queensland that is both dependent on and blessed by its abundance of natural resources. They will seek to promote resilient, sustainable and profitable primary industries, whilst also being committed to ensuring Queenslanders benefit from the productive, sustainable use of the state’s natural resources – our land, water and minerals.


EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING

Mentor: Liam Farrant

This committee will be tasked with ensuring Queenslanders have access to world-class education and training services, at every stage of their personal and professional development. They will also be responsible for investigating innovative training and education practices, to provide a competitive and modern skillset to Queensland students, and ensuring that alternative pathways for transition into the workforce are identified and supported.


INFRASTRUCTURE, ENERGY AND HOUSING

Mentor: Abi Cooper

This committee will focus on improving and developing the key infrastructure that will support Queensland’s rapidly growing and diversifying population into the future. They will also investigate policies to support the growing demand for renewable and sustainable energy practices, and to ensure that housing continues to be accessible and affordable for Queenslanders of all backgrounds.


SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND DIGITAL FUTURES

Mentor: Matthew Wilson

This committee will seek to develop science and information technology policies across society, and to focus on innovation as a key economic driver. They will aim to position Queensland as a world leader in digital literacy and development through building strong relationships with key innovation and ICT industry stakeholders.