Young people engaged in political conversation

Published on Thu 18 March 2021 10:52am

It’s always a privilege to speak with school students about politics, it’s always been important and I think it’s now more important than ever that young people take an interest in problem-solving and decision-making, and how we do those things to the highest standard with the greatest degree of inclusion, how to be involved in how to make change, because that is what politics is about.

Mr Wilson (1:30pm) – Deputy Speaker, last week I really enjoyed spending time with the Year Nine Humanities and Social Science students at Corpus Christi, thanks to an invitation from their teacher, Lydia de Giuseppe, who I know through the Fremantle Italian Club.

The kids I met are studying the Australian political system and they’re pretty well versed in the key details of parliamentary structures and processes. The Q&A part of the session, I have to say, did go a bit wider than that, it covered topics, including what’s the biggest conflict faced in Parliament, but also, what was my favourite fruit? Have I ever met senator Pauline Hanson? And what was my opinion of memes? I had to say about memes, I know they’re important. I don’t always understand why. And of course, tomato sauce, fridge or pantry and I got quite a boo for that one because I do generally go pantry with the tomato sauce.

I was I was grateful to Hannah Oversby, a member of the class, who wrote a short blog post to describe my visit and was kind enough to say that they had learned some things from our conversation that they wouldn’t have got from a textbook.

Deputy Speaker, it’s always a privilege to speak with school students about politics, it’s always been important and I think it’s now more important than ever that young people take an interest in problem-solving and decision-making, and how we do those things to the highest standard with the greatest degree of inclusion, how to be involved in how to make change, because that is what politics is about.

So, I say thank you to the bright and curious kids at Corpus Christi for having me as a guest at their school and for engaging with me in that kind of conversation.

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