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Select Committees Youth Parliament 2019

Check out what topic each of the ten Youth Parliament Select Committees will be discussing at Youth Parliament 2019.

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Youth MPs in discussion during a Youth Parliament 2016 Select Committee meeting.

Source: Ministry of Youth Development

Find out more about what Parliament's select committees do and what sorts of issues they examine. The select committee pages linked within provide an overview of the topics they commonly discuss.

Education and Workforce

This committee looks at business related to education, training, employment, immigration, industrial relations, health and safety, and accident compensation.

At Youth Parliament 2019, the inquiry topic is: How can we adjust our methods of teaching to better support students of all ethnicities?

Find out more about the Education and Workforce Committee.

Justice

The Committee looks at business related to constitutional and electoral matters, human rights, justice, courts, crime and criminal law, police, corrections, and Crown legal services.  

At Youth Parliament 2019, the inquiry topic is: How can we manage our youth justice system to prevent youth from ending up as life course persistent offenders?

Find out more about the Justice Committee.

Social Services and Community

This committee looks at business related to social development, social housing, income support, women, children, young people, seniors, Pacific peoples, ethnic communities, arts, culture and heritage, sport and recreation, voluntary sector.

At Youth Parliament 2019, the inquiry topic is: How can we encourage civic engagement amongst the younger generation?

Find out more about the Social Services and Community Committee.

Transport and Infrastructure

This committee looks at business related to transport, transport safety, infrastructure, energy, building and construction. 

At Youth Parliament 2019, the inquiry topic is: How can we encourage the use of environmentally sustainable transport?

Find out more about the Transport and Infrastructure Committee.

Economic Development, Science and Innovation

This committee looks at business related to business development, tourism, Crown minerals, commerce, consumer protection and trading standards, research, science, innovation, intellectual property, broadcasting, communications, and information technology. 

At Youth Parliament 2019, the inquiry topic is: How can we maintain economic growth while reducing the wealth gap?

Find out more about the Transport and Infrastructure Committee.

Environment

This committee looks at business related to conservation, environment, and climate change.

At Youth Parliament 2019, the inquiry topic is: What steps should we be taking to mitigate the effects of climate change? (You may wish to consider our use of plastics, waste management, water usage, carbon emissions etc.)

Find out more about the Environment Committee.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

This committee looks at business related to customs, defence, disarmament and arms control, foreign affairs, trade and veterans’ affairs. 

At Youth Parliament 2019, the inquiry topic is: Should we continue to seek and ratify free trade agreements such as the CPTPP and NZ-EU FTA?

Find out more about the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.

Health

This committee looks at business related to the provision of health and disability services.

At Youth Parliament 2019, the inquiry topic is: What can we do to lower the rate of suicide in New Zealand?

Find out more about the Health Committee.

Māori Affairs

The Committee looks at business related to Māori affairs and Treaty of Waitangi negotiations.

At Youth Parliament 2019, the inquiry topic is: How can we raise awareness of our cultural history?

Find out more about the Māori Affairs Committee.

Primary Production

This committee looks at business related to agriculture, biosecurity, racing, fisheries, productive forestry, lands, and land information. 

At Youth Parliament 2019, the inquiry topic is: How can primary industries prepare for issues that arise from climate change? (E.g. water usage, environmental quality, land use and biosecurity risks)

Find out more about the Primary Production Committee.