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Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Page: 6052

Senator DODSON (Western Australia) (13:50): [by video link] I am honoured to deliver a contribution to the Youth Voice in Parliament Week from Broome Senior High School students. They have written their vision as follows:

We are a group of 13 and 14 year-olds from many and diverse backgrounds.

Firstly, we believe that if Australia is welcoming to everyone then we can all live peacefully.

We want Australia to be a place of equality, no matter what race, gender, sexuality, religion or jobs.

We want different languages to be kept alive, and we support the goal of our Yawuru people for Broome to be a bilingual town.

Secondly, we are concerned about the environment.

As people of the Kimberley, our vision is for a cleaner and greener environment.

We want to see the land cared for in the way that Traditional owners have been doing for centuries.

Thirdly we want an Australia where there are plenty of economic opportunities, no matter where you live.

So that youth can have more career opportunities, we would like to see more money going into public schools like ours.

And we want affordable houses for everyone.

Fourthly, we see the impact that crime has on communities every day.

We want young people to have access to supports so they don't feel like they have no choice but to commit crimes.

Fifthly, we are the Academic Extension Program class and are passionate about action against climate change.

We have studied the impact humans have had on our world and we've thought about how this damage can be reversed.

In Broome we consider ourselves lucky to have largely untouched environments around us, but we cannot just stand and watch as the planet deteriorates.

Lastly, in Broome we have been pretty safe—

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