Student leaders from eleven schools in Caulfield and Bentleigh were welcomed into Parliament by local MPs David Southwick, Member for Caulfield, and Elizabeth Miller, Member for Bentleigh, to discuss their leadership goals for the new school year and see how Parliament operates.
Students had the opportunity to meet with Education Minister Martin Dixon, Youth and Environment Minister Ryan Smith and Treasurer Michael O’Brien and hear about their plans for the education sector and youth employment initiatives.
Students also had the chance to question the Ministers and wanted to know how the Treasurer makes decisions in regards to funding, particularly in education, transport and the environment.
“It was fantastic to host our school leaders at Parliament House and give them a chance to interact and ask questions of Members and senior Ministers of Parliament,” Mr Southwick said.
“This was a great opportunity for students to learn firsthand about the challenges of leadership and the chance to meet and network with leaders from other schools.”
David and Elizabeth took students on a tour of the Parliamentary library, the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council where students also had another chance to question their local MPs.
Students from all schools thoroughly enjoyed the tour of parliament and most felt it was a great learning experience.
Jake from Bialik College was thrilled to be part of the tour as he was a huge fan of the West Wing. “It’s exciting and I love to see the formalities as it’s like another world that exists. It’s a cool place to explore and good to see the Ministers.”
Other students felt the trip to parliament also offered a great opportunity to involve young people in the political process.
“It’s good to get young people more involved and they are important portfolios for us to learn about,” Georgia Riordan from Mckinnon Secondary College said
David and Elizabeth hope to host more opportunities for students to visit Parliament later in the year.
Image: David Southwick MP speaking with students at Parliament House