Teenager represents people of Toongabbie

A 16-year-old Baulkham Hill student has been appointed member of the Justice and Law Reform Committee of the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament.

Abinaja Yogarajah is representing young people of Toongabbie.

She said this was her first time as Youth MP and that she was excited by topics to be debated in the first session.

‘‘A program like this would help build my leadership skills in advocating for young people in my community as well as enhance my knowledge in an a political environment,’’ she said.

‘‘My local MP nominated me and I got placed in the committee investigating Justice and Law Reform.

‘‘This committee has a broad range of issues to address, including controversial topics like marriage equality and euthanasia to topics that affect the everyday Australian.

‘‘ Our committee members haven’t met in person yet but we have had many discussion in teleconferences especially on topics such as discrimination of any form.

‘‘ We discuss these topics because they affect us in one way or another.

‘‘My committee focuses on putting input and making amendments to government policies, which is something I’m considering pursuing as a career.’’

A spokeswoman said YMCA NSW Youth Parliament would meet in three events later this month.

They will be at the Erina Centre on February 21, Wollongong Library on February 24 and NSW Parliament House on February 27.

She said the events on February 21 and 24 would also include participation in YMCA Think Tanks.

‘‘The YMCA NSW Youth Parliament gives young people a voice in the running of NSW,’’ she said.

‘‘It is a place where the opinions and concerns of young people in NSW are heard by those who have the power to make laws.’’

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