| February 07, 2017

Damian Drum invites young Indigenous locals to apply for National Indigenous Youth Parliament

Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum MP, is inviting young Indigenous people across the Murray electorate to apply for the National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP).

The NIYP scheme is a week-long leadership program held in Canberra from the 23rd to 29th May 2017 for 50 young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 25.

‘This program is a great opportunity for young people to see how government works and how our laws are made,’ Mr Drum said. ‘The scheme brings these young people to Canberra and assists in developing their leadership and public-speaking skills.’

Participants will take part in a simulated parliament in the House of Representatives in Old Parliament House, debating bills of national importance and delivering speeches on issues important to their communities.

‘Young people will hear from the nation’s leaders, members of the parliamentary press gallery, Indigenous leaders and senior public servants,’ Mr Drum said. ‘I encourage young Indigenous people in the Murray electorate to apply for this program. It will give them a platform to debate issues and to develop solutions which support our young Indigenous Australians.’

Young Indigenous Australians can apply for the scheme at http://www.aec.gov.au/indigenous/niyp/ 

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