On Tuesday 17th February, Jake Chambers, Tiffany Goldspink, Mikaela Espirtu and I had the privilege of attending the Metropolitan Students’ Constitutional Convention at Brisbane’s Parliament House.
We were joined by many other schools from across Brisbane in the “Green Room” to discuss the topic “Should the state governments be abolished and be replaced by a two-tiered Federal Government System?”
In the first session of the day we received opinions on the topic from speakers including university professors and politicians, and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk. Students from various schools then gave two minute speeches discussing the issue further. The student speakers were also judged on their speeches by their peers based on their ideas, argument and presentation. From this, four students were selected to represent Queensland in Canberra later in the year to debate other relevant political issues.
After listening to many interesting opinions on the issue there was a general consensus in favour of keeping our current government system. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed the day and were given a deeper insight into the structure of Australia’s political system. Lastly, I would like to thank Tanya Moore for accompanying us to the Convention as our attendance would not have been possible without her.
Kristina Vang, Year 12