Highlights from 2012 NIYP

Updated: 25 September 2014

The inaugural National Indigenous Youth Parliament was held in Canberra from 23–29 May 2012 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Indigenous right to vote in federal elections.

NIYP participants

Program Highlights

Wednesday 23 May

6.30pm Welcome Dinner, Guest speaker The Hon Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (Rydges, Eagle Hawk)

Thursday 24 May

11.50am Photo, Parliament House forecourt

12.15pm Lunch with Parliamentary mentors (Parliament House)

6pm Dinner, Guest speaker The Hon Peter Garrett MP, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth (Rydges, Eagle Hawk)

Friday 25 May

10am Media Panel (Rydges, Eagle Hawk)

5.30pm Government House reception, hosted by the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO

7.30pm Dinner, Guest speaker Mr Ken Wyatt, MP, Member for Hasluck (Rydges, Eagle Hawk)

Timetable of Debate

Saturday 26 May
Time Bill
9am Opening Ceremony
9.45am Morning Tea
10.15am Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Young Offenders Correctional Scheme Youth Bill
  • Sponsor: Australian Capital Territory
  • Refuter: South Australia
11.25am Indigenous Seed Funding Youth Bill
  • Sponsor: New South Wales
  • Refuter: Tasmania
12.35pm Lunch
1.05pm Adjournment Debates
2.05pm Indigenous Housing Reform Youth Bill
  • Sponsor: Western Australia
  • Refuter: Northern Territory
3.15pm Mandatory Immunisation Youth Bill
  • Sponsor: Queensland
  • Refuter: Victoria
4.25pm Adjournment Debates
4.55pm Pack-up ready to leave
5pm Close
Sunday 27 May
Time Bill
9am The Introduction of the Indigenous Youth Opportunities Awareness Agency Youth Bill
  • Sponsor: South Australia
  • Refuter: Australian Capital Territory
10.10am Adjournment Debates
10.40am Morning Tea
11.10am Increasing Indigenous Cultural Understanding Youth Bill
  • Sponsor: Tasmania
  • Refuter: New South Wales
12.20pm Lunch
1.40pm The Integration of Australian Indigenous Lore into the Australian Justice System Youth Bill
  • Sponsor: Northern Territory
  • Refuter: Western Australia
2.50pm The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Parliamentary Representation Youth Bill
  • Sponsor: Victoria
  • Refuter: Queensland
4pm Closing Ceremony
4.30pm Close