Kendall committed to improving women's welfare
Congratulations to Kendall Lane (Year 11) who helped to improve women’s welfare as a result of her participation in the NSW Youth Parliament sessions last year.
As a member of the Women’s Affair Committee, Kendall was involved in drafting and proposing a bill about domestic violence. The bill recommended a series of improvements to existing education and rehabilitation programs, as well as the proposal for a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS); a tool that enables a person who has concerns about their partner, or a third party who has concerns about a person’s partner, to find out if that person has a history of domestic violence or related offences.
The bill was passed unanimously in both the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council and was presented to the NSW Government for consideration.
Kendall, along with her committee members, continued to lobby and meet with the relevant parties to ensure this very important bill wasn’t overlooked. As a result sections of the bill will be introduced as legislation, which in the history of Youth Parliament has not occurred very often.
Kendall said that she was surprised but very pleased with the outcome. "I didn't expect that sections of the bill would be passed, so I am really happy that all our hard work paid off."
When asked about her participation in the Youth Parliament, Kendall described it as "an amazing experience and a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with such interesting and inspiring people". She also expressed thanks to her sponsors, which included the Lions Club City of Ryde.
Kendall has been accepted to participate in this year's NSW Youth Parliament sessions where she will address mental health issues. We wish her all the best.