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NEWS: Goldfields’ Amy Astill leads youth to parliament

July 16, 2021

Youth Premier and Kalgoorlie- Boulder resident Amy Astill has led the WA Youth Parliament in Perth this week.

Ms Astill said people aged 15-25 from across WA gathered at Parliament House to run a “mock parliament” and network with other young leaders and State politicians.

This was Ms Astill’s second year at Youth Parliament and her first as Youth Premier, and she said representation from regional WA had increased.

“I’d encourage more people from the regions to participate in the program,” she said.

“If anyone in the regions is passionate about any social issue, I recommend they apply.

“Last year there was two, maybe three people, now there’s a whole committee with six of us (from regional WA).”

She said the young parliamentarians took issues from their regions to debates and discussions throughout the week, with Ms Astill focusing on sexual health, which she said was linked to her work at the Goldfields Women’s Health Care Centre.

Daylight Saving Party Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Wilson Tucker, 36, pictured with Ms Astill, welcomed the program and said it was important to hear young voices in politics.

“The Goldfields is one of the most productive areas of our State, and I think that young people have a big role to play in keeping it that way,” he said.

“I think it’s important that young people get involved in politics. I’m one of the younger MPs in this place and everyday I see examples of ‘boomer-tier’ behaviour.”