Buderim teen finds his passion in politics
AT only 16 years of age, Shaun McAnally has already had his first taste of politics and he is eager for more.
During the past year, the Year 11 student has worked on drafting a legislative bill with eight of his peers, and debated it in the Queensland Youth Parliament.
He then saw it passed on to be presented in the State Government chambers.
"It was very exciting,” Shaun said.
"I got to make a five- minute ministerial speech concerning a local issue in the community, and my issue was about connecting older people with young people in the community.
"I thought that was an important topic to stress.”
He was also thrilled to learn the "real” Queensland parliament looked at the bills presented by the youth committees and often integrated their ideas into state legislation.
"The government has actually utilised a lot of elements from one of our bills on opt-out organ donation and they're actually drafting a bill on that for next year,” he said.
"It so good to know they actually do take notice of what we're doing and use some of our ideas.”
Passionate about his community and fascinated by inter-generational co-operation, the Buderim teen worked closely with State MP Steve Dickson, and was awarded Best Opposition Parliamentarian by the end of the program.
Now, having just returned from an information session about politics, philosophy and economics at The University of Queensland, Shaun said he was interested in pursuing a career in politics.
"It was just an excellent way to see how youth can make an actual impact,” he said.