YOUNG PARLIAMENTARIAN: Evans River senior student Cassie Keogh is off to Sydney as part of the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament Program. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times
YOUNG PARLIAMENTARIAN: Evans River senior student Cassie Keogh is off to Sydney as part of the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament Program. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times Samantha Elley

Student is laying down laws

CASSIE Keogh, of Evans Head, is one student who likes to keep in touch with current affairs and what is happening in the political arena.

It seems appropriate then that the Evans River school captain has been selected to participate in this year's YMCA NSW Youth Parliament program.

"My friend from Sydney went to it last year and when I heard about it, I thought it would be a good experience," Cassie said.

"I'm hoping I will learn how parliament works and be able to understand our government a bit better."

Along with other students from around NSW, Cassie will attend a training camp in April in Sydney.

"I am on the committee of Health, Medical Research, Ageing and Disabilities," she said.

"We have come up with three areas where we create Bills to be presented in parliament.

"There will be some team work where half will sell the Bill and the other half will be creating it."

One area that Cassie feels very passionate about is a school-to-work program for those with disabilities.

"My brother has a disability and he has just finished school and is now looking for work," she said.

After the training camp in April, Cassie and the other students on her committee will meet again in Sydney in July where they will present their Bills to parliament.

"I'm so excited," she said.

"The time has gone so fast."

It's no surprise to learn that when she leaves school Cassie is looking at studying in the areas of law, politics, government and international relations.

"I would love to work for a non-government organisation like Amnesty International," she said.



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