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  Role Profiles of the key functionaries involved in the Virtual CYP - applications to be received by 10/12/2020   

  • Prime Minister 

  • Leader of the Opposition 

  • Minister for Health 

  • Minister for Jobs and the Workplace 

  • Minister for Social Affairs 

  • Government Whip 

  • Opposition Whip

 

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Role Profiles of the key functionaries involved in the Virtual CYP 

Role Profile - Prime Minister

The Prime Minister in the Virtual Commonwealth Youth Parliament is the head of the cabinet and the leader of the Governing Party (the National Alliance). The Prime Minister is ultimately responsible for the decisions of the government. This person also acts as the principal government figure in the Parliament and will answer questions from all fellow Youth Parliamentarians in the Prime Ministers questions item on Day 2. 

The Prime Minister will set the aim of the Governing Party for the programme, primarily this would be to get the governing party's Bill through the Youth Parliament. Collaboration with the Governing Party Whip will be key to ensuring that Members of the Governing Party vote accordingly in the votes of the Youth Parliament. 

Despite not attending the Committee Sessions on Day 3 of the programme, the Prime Minister will be expected to ensure that Committee Members from their own Party are aware of their stance on the respective aspects of the Bill that each Committee will scrutinise. It is important that the Prime Minister has the confidence of their party in undertaking this role. 

 

Role Profile - Leader of the Opposition

The Leader of the Opposition is the politician who leads the official opposition party in the Parliament (the Democratic Party). Like the Prime Minister, this participant will be tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that their fellow party members collaborate and stay consistent with the Party profile ratic Party, and, in particular, its position on the policies for Commonwealthland's different sectors. On Day 2, at the start of the Prime Minister's Questions Session, the Leader of the Opposition will have the opportunity to pose six questions to the Prime Minister. 

Despite not attending the Committee Sessions on Day 3 of the programme, the Leader of the Opposition will be expected to ensure that Committee Members from their own Party are aware of their stance on the respective aspects of the Bill that each Committee will scrutinise. As with the role of Prime Minister, it is important that the Leader of the Opposition has the confidence of their party in undertaking this role. The Leader of the Opposition may wish to appoint a shadow cabinet of three Youth Parliamentarians to mirror the ministerial positions listed elsewhere in this document for the governing party. These shadow ministers would be primarily focused on holding their ministerial counterparts in the governing party to account. 

 

Role Profile - Minister of Social Affairs

The Minister of Social Affairs is a ministerial position in the government of Commonwealthland.

The responsibility of this post holder is to address all forms of discrimination faced by citizens in the country. Examples of minorities that this Minister advocates for the rights of, include women, racial minorities, LGBT citizens and persons with disabilities. Though it will be an expectation of all Members of the Youth Parliament to ensure that these groups are considered in the debates on the Bill in the Parliament, it will be particularly important for the participant who holds this role to ensure their views are represented. 

 

Role Profile - Minister of Health

This Minister oversees the Health Service of Commonwealthland. This is a particularly important role currently during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Minister will oversee the following areas of the health sector:

■ Performance and financial management of health services in Commonwealthland;

■ Relations with international partnerships in health, such as the World Health Organisation;

■ Social Care. 

  

Role Profile - Minister for Jobs and the Workplace

This Minister for Jobs and the Workplace, or `Labour Minister' as it is known in some jurisdictions, oversees the following areas:

■ Employment and pensions,

■ Providing workplace support to persons with disabilities;

■ Employment support for families and children.

This role will be of particular importance in debates over the Bill that the Youth Parliament will debate as it will focus heavily on the effect that COVID-19 has had in spiking unemployment figures in Commonwealthland. It will be expected that the Minister for Jobs and the Workplace can represent the Governing Party's record on employment.

 
 

Role Profile - Whips (Both Government and Opposition)

Both the government and opposition whips in the Virtual Commonwealth Youth Parliament fulfill the same role. This role is as an official who, for their political party, maintains party discipline. This means ensuring that members of the party vote according to the party profiles rather than according to their own individual ideology. Whips can be considered as enforcers who ensure that their fellow party members attend debate sessions and vote according to the policy perspective of their party.

Members who vote against party policy may "lose the whip', effectively expelling them from the party.