Pint-size politician on health mission
By EMMA CORNFORD
WHEN a teacher suggested that Year 11 Grafton High student Nikita Bird-Reimer apply for the Youth Parliament of NSW, she was a little hesitant.
"But mum really encouraged me and I thought 'well, it won't hurt to try' and then I ended up succeeding, so it was a real confidence booster," she said.
Out of a field of around 1000 students, Nikita was selected along with just 100 others to be a part of the youth parliament.
As part of a group of seven putting together a health bill, Nikita will meet her group when she heads to Sydney on April 21 for the first of two camps.
"All of my group have spoken to each other, because we have to get a bill together which we'll put to State parliament later in the year," she said.
"There's a lot of work, so we decided to get right into it. Last year two or three bills were taken up by the Government, so there's a chance that ours could be."
The health bill Nikita is working on with her group concerns mental health issues, abortion and teenage pregnancy rates.
"It's great because I've met a lot of people who I wouldn't usually associate with. A lot of them are very upper-class and live in the city so they're a lot different to people I'm used to."
As a member of the Student Representative Council at Grafton High, Nikita has received $100 towards the $410, plus transport and other expenses, it will cost for her to attend the parliament.