Op­por­tu­nity to shine, in­spire

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

■ Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price is invit­ing high school stu­dents from the Pil­bara to put their views to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives as part of this year’s My First Speech Com­pe­ti­tion.

The na­tion­wide com­pe­ti­tion is open to all Aus­tralian sec­ondary stu­dents en­rolled in Years 10-12.

Stu­dents are re­quired to record a three-minute speech about an is­sue they are pas­sion­ate about in their lo­cal area, na­tion­ally or abroad.

Ms Price said win­ners would be flown to Can­berra with a par­ent or guardian to present their speech live at Par­lia­ment House in Can­berra.

“As a com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tive, it could be about is­sues that are im­por­tant to the peo­ple of the elec­torate or some­thing you would like to com­mu­ni­cate to the Fed­eral Par­lia­ment and to the peo­ple of Aus­tralia,” she said.

“You can en­ter as a school or as an in­di­vid­ual.”

The 2014 My First Speech Com­pe­ti­tion was won by Queens­land stu­dent Chay Cona­glen, who pre­sented an in­spir­ing speech on his vi­sion for the fu­ture of Aus­tralia.

Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dent Liam Payne, 16, said he would en­cour­age his peers to ap­ply af­ter hav­ing a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence at the WA Par­lia­ment House, where he joined more than 90 youth par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to rep­re­sent lo­cal is­sues on the Par­lia­ment floor last month.

“It’s one thing learn­ing about pol­i­tics in a class­room, but in my ex­pe­ri­ence you only grasp the whole con­cept when you see it in ac­tion,” he said.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence has given me much more in­ter­est in how our coun­try works and in­spired me to pur­sue a ca­reer in pol­i­tics.”

En­tries must be sub­mit­ted by Fri­day on a CD, DVD or USB drive, along with a writ­ten tran­script of the speech and a com­pleted com­pe­ti­tion form.

The video should be in MPG, MPEG, MPEG 4, AVI, MOV or DVD for­mat with a res­o­lu­tion of 640 x 480 pix­els or above and no longer than three min­utes in length.

To down­load a com­pe­ti­tion form, visit aph.gov.au/my­first­speech.

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