Get in early for democracy: MLA
KALAMUNDA MLA Matthew Hughes says the first lesson of politics is to be involved in the democratic process from an early age.
The recentlyelected Labor politician spoke with Year 12 students from Helena College for a question and answer session in the lead up to their mock exams in Politics and Law.
Teacher Di Parker said the students recently returned from Canberra, where they observed question time in Parliament.
“The students got to meet Bill Shorten and Cory Bernardi, which was very interesting for them,” she said.
Mr Hughes spoke about the importance of people exercising their right to participate in the democratic process rather than being critical of it.
“You have an obligation to help shape the society we’ve got and to be engaged,” he said.
“If you are not happy with a politician’s performance, then vote them out and replace them with someone who is responsive and interested in community engagement.’’
Students asked questions about plastic bag bans, online pornography and shaming.
Mr Hughes answers questions from the Year 12 class.