Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Western Australian appointed Youth Governor-General

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today announced the appointment of Mr Leszek Golabek as the 2003 Youth Governor-General of the YMCA’s National Youth Parliament.

“Mr Golabek’s work with the United Nations Youth Association, the Lions Youth of the Year Awards and the Youth Commonwealth Heads of Government Initiative speaks loudly as to why this appointment has been made.

“Nineteen year old Mr Golabek, from Western Australia, was selected for his demonstrated commitment and passion for the Youth Parliament program.

“In 2002, Mr Golabek was elected by his peers to take up the position of WA Youth Premier and was further elected as the Youth Governor in Western Australia for 2003.”

Mr Anthony also congratulated the YMCA for launching the 2003 National Youth Survey and 2003 National Youth Parliament program.

“As the first ever Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, I see my role very much as an advocate for young people, ensuring their collective voices are heard by other Ministers and Members of Parliament to ensure their opinions are accounted for when developing policies.

“I believe we have to talk to young people about the issues that affect them and listen to what they see as the best solutions.

“The YMCA National Youth Parliament and National Youth Survey help us find out what is on the minds and in the hearts of today’s young people,” Mr Anthony said.

The National Youth Survey presents statistics and facts gathered from young Australians around the country on current social issues, the state of the country and how it is being run.

The YMCA National Youth Parliament will be run in Canberra on 25 and 26 November.