Aspirant learns the ropes

FORMER Canley Vale High School captain Julie Pham will gain an invaluable insight into politics after she was selected to represent the Cabramatta electorate at this year's YMCA NSW Youth Parliament.

The 18-year-old, who was nominated by Cabramatta MP Nick Lalich, is among 150 people aged 15 to 18 who will take part in the six-month program.

Miss Pham said she was thrilled to represent the Cabramatta community as a youth member of the NSW Parliament.

"People have said it's a good taste of what being a politician is all about, which is why I wanted to give it a go," she said.

"I will be a member of the Education Committee, where I will be involved in drafting a bill and debating it in the Youth Parliament."

Miss Pham said she was keen to take part in the debate about the importance of retaining funding for education in south-west Sydney.

"It's so important that our future generations get the quality education they need," she said.

"Coming from this area, I will also advocate for more equality in the distribution of resources and money so that all kids have the opportunity to rise above and beyond."

Mr Lalich said he was pleased to nominate Miss Pham, who will soon start a degree in exercise physiology at the University of Sydney.

"She'll be a great representative for Cabramatta," he said.

"She's passionate and energetic, and I'm confident she will be a great voice for our area."

He said the NSW Youth Parliament would also provide Miss Pham with the opportunity to develop skills essential to the arts of public speaking and debating.

Miss Pham will attend a four-day training camp in April before she gets the opportunity to address the Youth Parliament in July.

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