Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Statements by Members
Wannon Electorate: Speaker's Visit
Mr Speaker, I rise today to inform the House of the wonderful visit by your good self to the electorate of Wannon. The importance of educating the next generation in the way our political system operates is paramount. In taking the time to visit students at Bayview College, Portland Secondary School and Bolwarra Primary School, you helped educate and inform on the role of politics and representatives in Australia.
At each school students participated in mock elections, parliamentary debate and speaking competitions—some of which were on par with the quality in this House! At Portland Secondary School, for example, Christopher Weinberg and students participated in a mock election campaign with all the parties represented. As I am sure you will agree, Mr Speaker, all the party leaders did a sterling job. I say well done to Savannah Wittingslow of the Nationals, Emily Kindred of the Greens, Zac Barrington of the Labor Party, Zavier Burbridge of the Palmer United Party, Asha Sealey of the Liberal Democrats and Dana Mueller of the Liberal Party.
It was terrific to see young students engaged and enthusiastic about the democratic process and about politics in Australia. I thank you, Mr Speaker, for visiting Wannon and providing the opportunity for these students to engage so fully on the importance of our democratic system.