Year 6/7 students at Reidy Park Primary School received real life training as part of their civic and citizenship education. Member for Barker Tony Pasin last week visited students at the school to help them with their studies.
Unable to visit in Parliament House owing to continuing restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Pasin made a special trip to the school and conducted a mock parliamentary sitting.
Participating in a mock parliamentary role play, students debated the contentious ‘No Homework Bill’. “There was some robust debate on the (classroom) floor of the House of Representatives during the role play – to ban homework in Australian schools,” Mr Pasin said. “I was deeply impressed by the enthusiasm the students showed for the democratic process.
“These students will determine the future of our nation and as such I think it’s really important they understand their civic duty. “As one of very few nations around the world with compulsory voting it’s vital that we educate young Australians about the nature of our democracy.
“The strength of our democracy depends on informed and engaged community members and if the students at Reidy Park Primary School are any guide our democracy is in really good hands.”