School Captains’ Trip to Parliament
On 2 May, we were invited by our Local Member for Lytton, Mrs Joan Pease, to visit Brisbane’s Parliament House. The students accompanied by Mrs Kim Hutchinson, were given a personal tour by Mrs Pease’s personal assistant, Joey of all Parliament House has to offer.
During our tour, we saw plenty of familiar politicians walking past with an inviting smile. We witnessed a press conference on the grass in the centre of the Parliament House buildings. We were also fortunate enough to see Ms Joan Pease sitting in the Legislative Assembly, which was very engaging and interesting. To hear her input on the importance of preserving the Great Barrier Reef and the significance it has as a tourism destination definitely left an impression on all of us. Joey gave us a thorough look around Parliament where we visited the Legislative Council Chambers. An interesting fact we learnt was that the Chambers were straight across from the Legislative Assembly. He also showed us the former and current members’ board and discovered that Ms Pease’s Grandfather was a former member in the early 20th century.
Notably, our lunch at the Strangers’ Dining Room with Ms Pease was a highlight. The delicious three course meal was some of the most sophisticated foods we had ever eaten. Over the course of the lunch, we met the Minister for Education and Industrial Relations, The Honourable Mrs Grace Grace, who let us take a photo to commemorate the day. We also found it extremely enjoyable to discuss various topics with Ms Pease; sharing our goals for the year. Overall, we had a lovely time at Parliament House and are very grateful to Ms Joan Pease for giving us the opportunity.