2013 Youth Parliament

May 9th, 2013 at 2:44 pm by David Farrar

Youth Parliament is every three years, and will be 16 and 17 July this year. I think it is an excellent initiative to promote civic awareness among younger New Zealanders.

The major topic for will be electoral reform. Youth MPs will debate a bill that:

  • reduces the voting age from 18 years to 17 years
  • includes electronic voting to the methods of voting
  • makes voting compulsory for all eligible voters
  • extends the Term of Parliament from three years to four.

Also select committees will consider the following issues:

  • How can public expectations for social services be balanced against likely rising costs for these services?
  • Are young people taking enough responsibility for reducing and preventing substance abuse or should this be government’s role?
  • What are the barriers to young people entering employment across New Zealand workplaces and how can these be addressed?
  • Should government restrict or permit private businesses profiting from conservation activities?
  • Compulsory vs. elective subjects in secondary schools – should subjects like science be compulsory?
  • Purchasing online: supporting modern consumerism
  • Where should New Zealand’s international obligations lie – Pacific or wider afield
  • White collar vs blue collar crimes: do current sentences reflect the economic and social impacts of these crimes?
  • As more iwi move towards a post-settlement environment, how do rangatahi see the role of iwi in supporting the development of the next generation?
  • Can New Zealand afford to be free range?

The list of the 121 Youth MPs and 20 youth press gallery members is here.

If any Youth MP or youth press gallery member wants to do a guest post/s at Kiwiblog detailing their experiences with Youth Parliament, just let me know. I can arrange a guest login.

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27 Responses to “2013 Youth Parliament”

  1. peteremcc (344 comments) says:

    I have to say, these are all excellent topics. Too often in the past Youth Parliament has been all happy smiley stuff that many would agree with and that didn’t consider costs or tradeoffs.

    I expect getting the kids to actually think about priorities and opportunity costs will lead to a much more valuable learning experience for them.

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  2. iMP (2,387 comments) says:

    Could we move Aaron Gilmore to a new Juvenile Parliament? An Under House.

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  3. Jimbo (43 comments) says:

    At least Gilmore has found the time to find someone to fill his shoes; Hone hasn’t even bothered yet. I guess that an empty seat is apt given Hone’s recent attendance.

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  4. Redbaiter (9,120 comments) says:

    Pfft..

    No enthusiasm for these self important little wet behind the ears political neophytes at all.

    How about a select committee on the subject of introducing an age limit of 35 and a requirement for ten years of commercial experience before anyone can stand as an MP?

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  5. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Maybe Miss Madeleine Williams could just take over Gilmore’s seat in the “grown-up” parliament? Whoever she is she’d almost certainly be more mature in the role…

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  6. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Good on you Weddy :-)

    I was wondering who would be the first out of Manolo, Kowtow or yourself to come in here with a whole lot of negative disgruntled moaning about ignorant children indoctrinated by our leftist training camps, career troughers, and what a complete waste of time and money this whole thing is.

    I was expecting you to have the most substantial moan, but the two Mini-Redbaiters are usually a lot quicker off the mark than you when these threads appear…

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  7. Ed Snack (1,883 comments) says:

    Well done RRM, Jimbo, and iMP, for being still going with the Gilmore theme ! Gosh, I wonder just how long this vein of “humour” can be mined…

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  8. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    I still find it pretty funny Ed… :-)

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  9. Sidey (250 comments) says:

    I’m reminded of Billy Connolly:

    “The desire to be a politician should ban them for life from ever being one.”

    And:

    “Don’t vote; it only encourages them.”

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  10. wf (448 comments) says:

    Wonder where past junior MPs are these days?

    Are they contributing anything or have their youthful leadership qualities wilted as they matured?

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  11. Nukuleka (334 comments) says:

    Darren Hughes was a Youth MP, if I recall, as was the 18 year old found wandering disoriented and naked outside his pad at Annette King’s home on that infamous early morning of March 2011. Should we expect further hi-jinks from this year’s eager crop of wannabe youthfest politicos? I await with eager anticipation.

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  12. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Are they contributing anything or have their youthful leadership qualities wilted as they matured?

    All labour and green staffers, horrible little bastards

    One would hope most 17 year olds are our there trying desperately to get into someone elses pants while rolling a joint and having a beer like normal teenagers

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  13. big bruv (13,932 comments) says:

    I wonder how much this complete and utter waste of time costs us?

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  14. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    I fink Youf parliament just encourages turds loike the AussieGinga/KokotheGarethClown/ArronFuksisname/”add more stupid names here if you wish, loike Phil Goof/. :)

    However folk that wank over Parliament will applaud the concept! :)

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  15. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    How about a select committee on the subject of introducing an age limit of 35 and a requirement for ten years of commercial experience before anyone can stand as an MP?

    Make it a mental and emotional age of 35, and you’d be out, Red.

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  16. Redbaiter (9,120 comments) says:

    Gosh, how astonishing..!!!

    A personal attack on Redbaiter from a commie.

    An unusual event indeed.

    And so hurtful.

    I’m off to buy some razor blades and run a warm bath.

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  17. James Stephenson (2,191 comments) says:

    Well there you go, I always suspect Red was a secret leg-shaving metrosexual…

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  18. Redbaiter (9,120 comments) says:

    The left always wants younger people in parliament so that the full impact of their youth brainwashing campaign can be utilised.

    Check the subliminal Marxist nature of almost every one of the talking points listed above.

    However trying to alert these gushing gullible little unknowing wankers as to how they’ve been conned by the left would have about as much impact as telling a load of young steers why they’re in a trailer heading to the abattoirs.

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  19. Martin Gibson (247 comments) says:

    How about:

    Giving head to get ahead: Climbing the Labour list.
    “Wouldn’t it be nice” politics 101: Why should Green Party policies be based on reality? (and other bourgeois indulgences)
    It’s cool if you’re brown: Maori Party good, British National Party bad.
    Killing libertarianism: The John Banks method of party destruction.
    Don’t talk about the money lenders: the National Party coincidence.

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  20. Redbaiter (9,120 comments) says:

    Which remainds me-

    Hey you lot of pretentious little twits. I have a question.

    WHERE IN THE MATTERS LISTED ABOVE IS ONE IOTA OF EVIDENCE SHOWING YOUR CONCERN WITH LIBERTY AND A REJECTION OF GOVERNMENT TYRANNY??????

    I’ll answer for you.

    There is no evidence, for like the brainwashed little socialist lemmings that you indeed are, your minds are completely arid of such concerns.

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  21. Martin Gibson (247 comments) says:

    Oh and just so no-one thinks I’m being partisan:

    The daytime bow tie: and other ways to say “We are not interested in relevance beyond the Wellington beltway”

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  22. big bruv (13,932 comments) says:

    Bedwetter

    It is interesting that you keep using the term liberty yet on another site you call for an armed uprising and bloodshed because the views you hold are not supported by enough of the voting public.
    It seems that you are no different from the commies you claim to despise.

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  23. Harriet (4,979 comments) says:

    Redbaiters spot on!

    These aspiring MP’s are being conditioned! :cool:

    This whole thing is nothing but an exercise of putting particular issues into the minds of the young, with the expectation that they will at least become involved with the youth branches of parties in the near future, and carry on implementing the marxist ideals of NZ’s universities and public service.

    Take for example:

    “…….reduces the voting age from 18 years to 17 years……”

    SOoooooooooo it’s being suggested to the next generation of aspiring MP’s that RAISING the voting age is not in the planning, and that you cannot discuss this matter here at all!
    [ a more honest question would be 'should the voting age be raised or lowered?' ]

    “…..Are young people taking enough responsibility for reducing and preventing substance abuse or should this be government’s role?….”

    Either way it doesn’t matter as it is already government’s role as drug use is illegal, and the police are charged with enforcing drug prevention measures. Courts do to. Schools and hospitals also take measures to help people stay away from drugs.
    [ the harms of drug use will be raised, leading to a dicussion of decriminalising drugs to lower their useage, which is also the aim of this topic.] [ note the all encompassing words 'substance abuse' an alcohol reformist may have had their hand in raising this topic.]

    “…..How can public expectations for social services be balanced against likely rising costs for these services?…”

    Services for these issues are simply that, a service, they are not products. So therefor, with the level of immigration from the 2nd and 3rd worlds into NZ, the costs should then be going down due to the supply of workers increasing.{This topic is the inspiration of big government, tax & spend, unionised, busi bodies.}

    “………Should government restrict or permit private businesses profiting from conservation activities?……”

    WTF? only the totalitarian Greens could ever put forward something like this.
    Imagine if you came up with a product or service to conserve the use of water in industry or the home, or a public place, only to find that you had to hand that over to the State to implement, because if you turned it into a business you would be breaking the law! What would you do? –
    Well, most sensable people would instead shut up, and then fuck off overseas with the idea!
    [this topic at it's very least is nothing more than wanting the government involved further in the market place]

    “…..Where should New Zealand’s international obligations lie – Pacific or wider afield?…”

    WTF? We have allies, the very same allies that have helped prevent NZ from being invaded. Some of our obligations lay where our allies lay.
    NZ and the other countries allied to the US since the 2nd WW have never been invaded. And we are now asking the next generation if we should question that?
    – Well, the sensable answer for the forseeable future, and based on the past history of the shared morality and values between our allies, would be to expand that alliance – not fucken leave it!
    [ this topic is all about raising certain issues in the South Pacific and providing MORE money to 'help allieviate' their 'poverty'.]

    With this event happening exactly the length of a parlimentry term, and with these types of questions, then the intention is very clear – sign ‘em up as party members while young and inexperianced, so we can introduce more of the fucken same: a communist life style by stealth!

    Whoever is the most conservative aspiring MP at this arranged circus – will certainly get my future vote! :cool:

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  24. Manolo (13,838 comments) says:

    How many queers among them? :-)

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  25. Redbaiter (9,120 comments) says:

    Yes Harriet- once these drooling school age socialist dimwits accept the premise of the question they have unknowingly bought into the whole left wing scenario.

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  26. Chris R (70 comments) says:

    How do you get to be a “Youth MP?”

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  27. Chris R (70 comments) says:

    A minimum voting age ought be matched with a maximum voting age…the day one starts sucking from the National Super tit!

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