Media Release by Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion

Have you got what it takes to sit at the Roundtable?

Young people aged 15-24 years old are being encouraged to apply for a position on the National Youth Roundtable and have in say in the future of Australia.

Minister for Community Services Nigel Scullion said that as the Minister responsible for youth affairs, the Roundtable is the first place the he turns to for advice on issues that impact on young Australians.

‘The Roundtable is a unique opportunity for 46 young Australians to meet with Australian Government representatives to address issues important to them,’ Senator Scullion said.

‘A highlight for me was to host members of this year’s Roundtable at Parliament House in Canberra and let them loose at a question and answer session with Ministers. Both sides got a lot out of meeting each other face to face.’

Senator Scullion announced the nominations open at a barbecue in Tennant Creek in central Northern Territory where he particularly encouraged Indigenous young Australians to nominate for a position.

‘For the 2008 Roundtable, we’re seeking individuals with a range of experiences and diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous young people,’ Senator Scullion said.

‘It is essential we have a wide range of young people involved in the Roundtable, which gives the Government the opportunity to view a broad cross section of opinion on issues which are important to today’s youth.

‘As a member of the Roundtable, young people will have a chance to meet and work with other motivated young people who are passionate about youth issues.

‘Members will develop skills in team work, problem solving, research, negotiation, interviewing, project management and leadership.

‘I encourage young Australians to get involved in the National Youth Roundtable and submit their applications by Thursday, 18 October 2007,’ Senator Scullion said.

For more information or to download an application visit The Source – National Youth Roundtable website.