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Youth Parliament

During the first week of the June/July holidays, 120 youths from across Victoria came together as part of the YMCA “Youth Parliament” Program. Of those 120 Victorian youths, there were six Phoenix students: Aleasha Kelly, Kimberley Cody, Casey Shevlin, Danae Newman, Sanjay Sebastian and Thomas Eastman. The Phoenix Team worked hard for two months creating their Bill and preparing for debate at State Parliament in Melbourne. Their Bill “the criminalisation of jumps racing” successfully passed the Legislative Assembly. Not only did the team have to pass their own Bill but also refute against Bills proposed by the other youth teams in their chamber. Phoenix team member Aleasha Kelly described the event as “five days of debate, laughter, poorly timed jokes and interjection” as well as “five days of memories that would last a lifetime”.

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