Taylor's seat in Youth Parliament

Taylor McBeath, 16, of Broadwater will take a seat in the NSW Youth Parliament.
Taylor McBeath, 16, of Broadwater will take a seat in the NSW Youth Parliament.

IT'S often said that young people don't care about politics, but not Taylor McBeath of Broadwater.

The 16-year-old Kadina High School student has gained a spot in the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament for 2012.

In April, Taylor will attend a training camp in Sydney where the Youth MPs will have the opportunity to meet each other and gain assistance in writing their own parliamentary bill.

Taylor said he has been asked to focus on parliamentary and legal reform.

"So one thing would be abolishing the local councils which would be fun and the other thing is the separation of church and state and anything to do with the legal processes," he explained.

The youth MPs will be asked to research their bill, propose alternative solutions and negotiate the best possible outcome among themselves.

The bill will then be debated on the floor of the NSW Legislative Assembly as part of week-long residential camp in July.

While many complain of feeling alienated from politics, Taylor said technology had allowed young people to become more informed about the world.

"ABC 24 is my favourite channel at the moment and because all the papers are now on the internet, I read the New York Times every morning."

Taylor was nominated for the parliament by Nationals MP for Clarence Chris Gulaptis.

"He recently won the Lions Youth of the Year public speaking section for the Lismore District so is certainly very skilled in public speaking, but more importantly is very passionate and knowledgable about the issues affecting young people in today's society," Mr Gulaptis said.

Taylor has also undertaken work experience with Page MP Janelle Saffin and he will soon travel to Cambodia as part of the World Challenge program.

When he graduates from high school, Taylor would like to study law and work in international relations.

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