2017 Youth Parliamentarians Canberra bound

Updated: 22 May 2017

Fifty Indigenous youth parliamentarians for the National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP) 2017 will arrive in Canberra on Tuesday afternoon 23 May 2017.

There are six participants from each state and territory and two from the Torres Strait. To reach Canberra their combined travel will be over 82,000 kms, from Tully in tropical far north Queensland, the Torres Strait Islands off the northern tip of Australia, Milingimbi Island off Arnhem Land, the Tiwi Islands off Darwin, Tennant Creek, the Kimberley in the north-west, Albany in the south-west, Kalgoorlie in the goldfields, Encounter Bay on the south central coast of South Australia and Nubeena on the Tasman Peninsula and many points between.

The NIYP will be held over two days (27-28 May) in the former House of Representatives chamber at Old Parliament House Canberra, and will debate Bills on:

  • Restorative Intervention for Indigenous Young Offenders
  • Indigenous Youth Mental Health
  • Improving Access to Alcohol & Drug Rehabilitation Services in Rural and Remote Areas Bill
  • Indigenous Human Rights and Race Discrimination

In the adjournment (final) debate the youth parliamentarians will speak on issues important to their community.

Further highlights of the week long program include:

  • a reception at Government House with the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove
  • a parliamentary reception with the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Members of Parliament, campaigners and family members from the 1967 referendum and Mabo decision
  • meetings with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition
  • dinner with the Hon Ken Wyatt MP and Senator Malarndirri McCarthy
  • visit to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
  • tours of the 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia and Indigenous military service at the Australian War Memorial

Editor’s note:

Contact Pieta Horgan 0421 335 784 to arrange an interview with participants.