Zoe McKenzie MP
Federal Member for Flinders
31 August 2022
Giving Mornington Peninsula youths a voice in Parliament
A Mornington Peninsula resident aged 21 or under will have their speech read out in parliament by their local member of parliament as part of Raise Our Voice’s Youth Voice in Parliament Week.
Supported by UNICEF Australia and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, Youth Voice in Parliament Week aims to give young Australians a voice in Parliament and online, by having Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum lend their voices to speeches written by younger members of their community.
Open to all residents under the age of 21, Youth Voice in Parliament Week provides the opportunity for local members of parliament and senators to read out a 90 second statement written by a member of their community answering a specific prompt.
This year’s prompt for applicants is: What should Australia’s new parliament accomplish?
Federal Member for Flinders, Zoe McKenzie, called for submissions from across the Mornington Peninsula for the program.
“Young people deserve a voice in our parliament to express their views and concerns on the direction of our region and our nation” Ms McKenzie said.
“I have heard from many young constituents on topics that matter to them such as local sporting facilities, higher education and employment, mental health support, the environment and climate change, as well as improved public transport.”
“I encourage any and all Flinders residents under the age of 21 to submit their speeches to the program.”
“This is a unique opportunity for Mornington Peninsula locals to have their words recorded in Hansard for all time and I look forward to reading the speeches from our brilliant young residents.”
Submissions can be made at www.raiseourvoiceaustralia.com/youthvoice