Narooma Secondary School captain Abbey Dawson represented the Eurobodalla Shire last week as part of the Y’s annual Youth Parliament programme.
Ms Dawson, 18, has just graduated from Narooma High School and was among 90 young people from across New South Wales chosen to take part in the week of legislative debate and decision-making.
“We had several debates over the week and it was amazing, it was so much fun,” Ms Dawson said.
“I was able to raise my hand for a leadership role and got the position of deputy prime minister, and in the end I was also able to raise my hand for another and got the governor of the NSW youth.”
She said the students were divided into their constituencies and asked to present an issue relevant to their local government area.
“We felt that with so many young people dying on the roads simply due to a lack of road safety knowledge, something had to be done,” Ms Dawson said.
Some of the other key issues that came to his mind were people living in poverty and unable to access sanitary products, and the juvenile imprisonment of First Nations youth.
“Hearing so many different voices throughout the event and different issues in different areas was amazing.”
Ms Dawson has been chosen to be the ‘face’ of the program next year, meaning she will liaise with youth parliament program volunteers and can meet Her Excellency the Hon Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales.
The young student clearly has a bright future ahead of her.
She chose to start her degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics this year with a double major in Politics and Economics at the University of Wollongong.
She hoped one day to get a job in the treasurer’s office.
ACM spoke to Ms Dawson as she was on the road to Canberra to buy supplies for her dormitory at the University of Wollongong for the next semester.
She said she was a little nervous but also excited to be leaving home for the first time to live on campus.