To begin the parliamentary aspect of the program, Youth Members are placed in committees based on an area of interest and are assigned a mentor who is experienced in parliamentary protocol and legislative writing. After discussing the issues and coming to an agreement on a topic they would like to debate in parliament, they are divided into sponsoring and refuting teams. The sponsoring team is responsible for writing the Bill and the refuting team is responsible for writing amendments to improve the Bill. Once these have all been written, Youth Members will assemble in Brisbane for one week in the September-October mid-semester break and argue for and against their ideas.
Below is a list of the 2016 Committees and the portfolio responsibilities they are responsible for.
Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Committee
The Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (MIA) Committee will seek to improve outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The Committee will have the important responsibility of developing innovative solutions that not only meet but exceed the expectations of indigenous education and health, Indigenous tourism and Multicultural events and services.
Primary Industries and Environment Committee
The Primary Industries and Environment Committee will seek to promote efficient, innovative, resilient and profitable primary industries that thrive for the long –term in Queensland, whilst also being committed to ensuring Queenslanders benefit from the productive, sustainable use of the state’s natural resources – our land, water and minerals. Focused on delivering economic, environmental and social benefits to all Queenslanders, the Committee will also seek to manage the health of the environment to protect Queensland’s unique ecosystems including its landscapes and waterways, as well as its native plants and animals and biodiversity.
Community and Social Services Committee
The Community and Social services (CSS) Committee will seek to create and review laws that enable vulnerable Queenslanders to improve their lives by investing, providing and partnering in effective and innovative services that strengthen Queensland families and protect at-risk children, links support services for seniors, youth and women and support community recovery and resilience in dealing with disasters. The committee will be given the added task maintaining and developing a quality social services sector Queenslanders can rely on.
Education Training and Skills Committee
The Education training and Skills (ETS) Committee will be responsible for creating and reviewing laws that ensure Queenslanders have the education and skills they need to contribute to the economic and social development of Queensland, through the delivery of world-class education and training services for people at every stage of their personal and professional development. Key education priority areas of the Committee will be having the added responsibility for ensuring Queenslanders are equipped with a skill set that is competitive in a modern world.
Health and Disability Services Committee
The Health and Disability Services (HDS) Committee will seek to improve the health equity of Queensland to help Queenslanders live longer, healthier and more independent lives and have confidence that their health system responds well to their needs. Whilst developing legislation for a more affordable, sustainable and continually improving health system. The committee will also have responsibility for strengthening disability services, ensuring the best quality of life possible for all Queenslanders.
Innovation Science and e-Government Committee
Innovation, Science and e-Government Committee will seek to work with industry and encourage investment in Queensland to grow our economy and create jobs for Queenslanders. Supporting the development needs of small business, improving health, safety and fairness in workplaces and the community and setting regulatory frameworks for fair trading, liquor licensing and gaming to protect and support businesses and the community, the Committee will also seek to develop Queensland’s skill and workforce development. Additionally, the Committee will also seek to develop science and ICT policy across the Queensland government, develop a whole-of-government approach on innovation as a key enabler of the knowledge of economy to support and invest in research and development to meet the state’s future challenges. Through building strong relationships with key innovation and ICT industry stakeholders, the Committee will also seek to improve government service delivery through efficient use of information and communications technology services and shared services and to help Queensland businesses and consumers to benefit from current and emerging digital technologies and services.
Justice and Legal Services Committee
Justice and Legal Services (JLS) Committee will seek to make Queensland a fairer, safer and more just state through changes to existing legislation and the creation of new laws that respond to the needs and interests of the community, improve frontline justice services for Queenslanders and support troubled young people to become responsible community members. The Committee will have responsibility for improving and reviewing the delivery of justice, disaster management, fire and emergency services, youth justice services and corrective services in Queensland. Additionally, the Committee will have responsibility for reforming laws relating to the courts, dispute resolution, criminal justice, censorship, individual rights and freedoms and births, deaths and marriages.
Transport and Road Safety Committee
The Transport and Road Safety (TRS) Committee will seek to deliver an integrated, safe, efficient and reliable transport system for Queensland with increased capacity and services. Importantly, the Committee will also be responsible for creating and reviewing laws to reduce cost of living pressures through innovative and efficient energy and water supply services. Additionally the committee will be responsible for the management and safety of Queensland’s Roads, ensuring our roads effetely and safely connect Queenslanders across the state.