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Debates Day 6 - Thursday 19 October 2017



Debates Day 6 - Thursday 19 October 2017

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Parliamentary Record 8


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES Thursday 19 October 2017 2749 Mrs WORDEN (Sanderson): Madam Speaker, I want to talk about someone within my electorate, one of our young, local Sanderson leaders, Khayla de Ausen. That almost sounds like Khayla the awesome, and it is not far from it. I will read her achievements to date. She is a very young member of our Northern Territory Youth Round Table. Khayla is a born and bred Territorian. She is also a young mother, business owner, and strong community leader. She has told me that the standard you walk past is a standard you accept. That philosophy is a guiding principle for her. She is moved to action and is taking up some important things in our community because of the struggles she sees. She regularly lobbies governmentalthough she has not lobbied me with anything specific, I am expecting it in my termand appeals to the ears of anyone in her orbit. She can make a difference to the lives of young people. She started her professional career as a dental nurse at the very young age of 16, when she travelled up to two weeks at a time to remote communities every month. She addressed patient needs and found her passion in health and education. She is now working in the clinical learning education and research service with Top End Health Services. I understand she is a real asset there. She manages, coordinates and educates, even at her young age, departmental staff. She is coming up to nine yearswhich is incrediblewith the Department of Health. She has not quite turned 25. She has completed her Certificate IV in oral health promotion as a dental nurse, Certificate IV in Community Service, a Certificate IV in Business, and a diploma in digital marketing. She started her higher education just recently with CDU, completing a Bachelor of Business. In her spare time she volunteers with her young son wherever she can. Over time she has attended countless leadership forums and personal development opportunities, including the NT Youth Round Table, which is where I met her. At only 24 she has founded an organisation called Spark with some of her fellow round table members. Their aim, as a group of young volunteers, is to provide entrepreneurial skills to other young people, which opens up their future opportunities. She is very passionate about educating youth and other people on the importance of empowering peers and using leadership to make a positive impact on the community. She really believes in youth being tomorrows leaders. A few months ago she attended the National Youth Leadership Forum in Canberra, with support from Michelle Pipino, Dr Carol Maddison, the Member for Karama, the Chief Minister and me. We all got behind her together because these things are not cheap, and sometimes it is very difficult for young people to access these opportunities. The forum is an initiative of the members and senators of the federal parliament with the support of business and community leaders. During the forum she had a day in Parliament House and got a keynote address from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. She had opportunities to listen and talk in small discussion groups with lots of other leaders about local community service projects. The program included sports and a dance night. On her return we all got a letter. The Chief Minister got one and I suspect the Member for Karama got one. It was sharing her experienceslots of things come across our desks. When I first received it I read it and put it down, but a week later I picked it up and read it thoroughly. I have now popped it into the draw in my desk for the occasional re-read to remind myself of some of the key things that Khayla pointed out to me after her return. She focused on self-faith and values to guide her decisions as a leader. She found there was great value in meeting other young leaders. We all agree there is always great value in meeting other people, stretching your mind and listening to new ideas. Her leadership is all about serving others. She met many political leaders firsthand and heard stories. It offset for her the stories that were constantly told about other leaders, particularly political leaders, by the media. She shared her key learnings with me: everyone is unique; you cannot help others until you can help yourself; it is about unity, not uniformity; to think globally but act locally; be firm no matter what; be brave; and do not judge the sincerity, only the results. Khayla is a very bright and ambitious young woman. I believe we will see more of her in years to come. She is a light. When we see so many actions of others and discuss thoseand they tend to be the things we