Jasmine Eldridge is off to NASA after winning a national Origin Energy competition.
Jasmine Eldridge is off to NASA after winning a national Origin Energy competition. Jonno Colfs

Parliamentary honour for young Southern Downs inventor

ALLORA'S Jasmine Eldridge has already scored a trip to NASA, now she has been giving a glowing appraisal in federal parliament.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud brought the story of 13-year-old Jasmine to parliament house, praising her creativity and the opportunity she has been given.

"I saw Jasmine's story on the news and it really touched me. I thought it was a fantastic story,” Mr Littleproud said.

"Young people who have faced challenges, yet who have never let it stop them, are making a bigger mark in our world than many others, and need to be shouted out.

"It goes to show whether you're in Allora, Birdsville or Brisbane, you can make a contribution to this world.

"Jasmine should be proud, as should the town of Allora.”

Allora P-10 State School student Jasmine was named last month as one of three Origin Energy littleBIGidea winners for her Dog of Technology.

The idea is designed to assist children, like Jasmine, living with autism.

Mr Littleproud said Jasmine's outlook on life was one to be praised.

"She sees the world differently, and that was a line that touched me,” he said.

"We sometimes are very quick to conform with society and the norm, and don't give enough attention to people who see things differently because of the condition they may have.

"They have a lot to offer our nation and the world.

"Jasmine hasn't allowed this to become an impediment. It is not only an advantage for her, but for all of us.

"She possesses strength and courage, and I'm proud to say she lives in Maranoa.”

Mr Littleproud said he hoped the visit to NASA would just be the beginning for Jasmine.

"The world is Jasmine's oyster, and there is nothing that will hold her back,” he said.

"She understands the fact she looks at the world differently, and that is a positive thing.

"This will give her the opportunity to shine, and it is very exciting.



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