Opportunity to shine, inspire
■ 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.