Premier for a day: Roma’s Lane Brookes holds political dreams
PROUD Indigenous man Lane Brookes has been a community leader in Roma for many years, but now he’s set his sights on becoming an actual leader in the future.
The 21-year-old was one of just 44 men and women to take part in the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program last month.
The group, which featured young Indigenous Australians from across Queensland, got to speak with and learn from politicians like Leanne Enoch.
After spending most of the week learning about the political process and how it can help and hinder Aboriginal people, the group ran a mock parliament and Mr Brookes was named as Premier.
Mr Brookes, who has been responsible for running the Maranoa Indigenous All-Stars Charity Day every year in February, said the week-long event in Brisbane was preparing him for the real world.
“It was deadly, because we spent a week to prepare how to draw up a bill and how a bill gets passed in the Queensland Parliament,” he said.
“I was hoping to gain some experience, and there were a lot of people there who made me look like a little kid.
“It covered so much stuff – I’d never met so many like-minded people in my life.”
“Knowing now how government runs, I can see how it can be harder for us to get stuff done for our mob,” he said, reflecting on how Indigenous Australians can be disadvantaged by the system.
Having gotten a taste of how the political process runs, Mr Brookes said he could envision a role in politics at some point in his life.
“In the future I’d like to look at that,” he said.