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Kaitlin Purcell, 20, was among 50 participants selected to attend the National Indigenous Youth Parliament, for the week-long leadership program.

She and Ashleigh Darrie, 19, of Encounter Bay, visited Parliament House in Canberra last month.

The women met the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek and Nguri elder Dr Robert Anderson OAM, who was involved in the 1967 referendum movement.

They were trained in parliamentary processes, met the Governor-General and participated in a two-day simulated parliament at Old Parliament House.

The National Indigenous Youth Parliament aims to develop Indigenous leaders of the future.  “Part of my role is nurturing the next generation of leaders so I am proud to be associated with the National Indigenous Youth Parliament,” Federal  Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie said.

“I am also proud that Mayo is being represented by two young women who are so involved in their communities, and have such extensive backgrounds in community leadership.”

Ms Purcell is an Indigenous trainee with the South Australian Police. She applied for the Youth Parliament because of her interest in learning about Australia’s democracy.

“It is a chance for me to build networks and meet other young Indigenous people from remote, rural, regional and urban Australia,” she said.

Ms Darrie, recipient of the Ngarrindjeri nation’s NAIDOC Week female youth of the year award in 2016, applied for the National Indigenous Youth Parliament to gain an insight into how the policies of the government are made. “That’s why I work in local government – I want to go down that path,” she said. “I also want to gain experience in public speaking and I’m looking forward to meeting like-minded people. This just might open up some doors in the future.”