Upwey High School
The Compulsory Sale of Fair Trade Certified Coffee in All Commercial Businesses in Victoria
Photo: (Left to right) Josiah Hilbig, Annabel Sloane, Lachlan Nash, Justice Johnston and Alastair Knowles (not present Callum Jarrot) - Photo by Andrew Mellody
Upwey Teens Take Fairtrade to Parliament
Six Upwey teenagers are taking the issue of improving rights for international coffee farmers to the chambers of Parliament House, Spring Street, this July.
As a team, the teens have written a piece of proposed legislation entitled “The Compulsory Sale of Fair Trade Certified Coffee in All Commercial Businesses in Victoria” which they will debate as part of the 25th YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament.
Upwey High School Team member Lachlan Nash says that insuring coffee farmers receive basic wages and safe working conditions is possible through Fairtrade certification.
“It all comes down to human rights. The inequalities in developing countries compared to our luxurious lifestyle, clashes with the way I was brought up” says Lachlan.
“By making all commercial sales of coffee Fairtrade certified, we are creating a better community” he added.
Lachlan (17) will join team members Justice Johnston (17), Alastair Knowles (16), Josiah Hilbig (16), Annabel Sloane (17), and Callum Jarrot (16) along with 114 other young Victorians from schools, universities, YMCA’s and community groups from across the state for the six day residential event this July.
The team recently attended the 2011 Youth Parliament Training Weekend at Lady Northcote Campsite, Bacchus Marsh which gave them the opportunity to learn about issues brought forward by other teams, participate in public speaking, media training, elect Chamber Leaders and learn about parliamentary etiquette in preparation for the 25th Annual Youth Parliament.
Delivered by YMCA Victoria in conjunction with the Office for Youth, the program includes three days of debating in the Parliamentary Chambers in Spring St. Melbourne, as well as an official reception at Government House hosted by Governor Alex Chernov AO QC and his wife.
All bills passed by the Youth Parliament are given the assent of the Youth Governor and then handed directly to a representative of the Government at the Closing Ceremony, who then hands it on to the appropriate Government Ministers for consideration.
To date, more than 25 Youth Parliament Bills including drug testing for drivers, over the counter availability of the morning after pill, and last year replacing glass with plastics in Melbourne’s King Street nightclubs have gone onto become Victorian legislation.
The Upwey High School team will be debating in the chambers of Parliament House on Monday 11th July Tuesday 12th July and Thursday 14th July 2011, between 9:30am-4pm. Open to the public.
For more information, media enquiries and photo opportunities contact:
Mr Andrew Mellody
Ph: 0411 794 552
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