MP catches up with local students
PAGE MP Janelle Saffin this week caught up with local students attending the 17th National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra.
Four students from schools in the Page electorate were among the 125 students from around Australia invited to attend.
Ms Saffin said the convention encouraged students to consider topics that increase their interest in the Australian Constitution.
"The three day convention is a fantastic opportunity for students to have their say about contemporary constitutional issues," she said.
"Through this annual convention the Australian Government provides support for school students to learn about the role our Constitution plays in our national parliament and wider Australian society.
"I'm always inspired by the young leaders from our region and their engagement with issues at the national level.
The participating students from schools in Page were:
• Luke Allen of Woodenbong Central School
• Jacob Fitzroy of St Johns College Woodlawn
• Talia Rose of South Grafton High School
• Alice Fleetwood of Richmond River High School
Ms Saffin said over the three days students had the opportunity to reflect on the distribution of power through the main elements of government- the judiciary, the executive arm of government and the parliament.
"It is vital that young people learn about how our democracy works, as it enables them to participate in it fully as adults," Ms Saffin said.
"The young representatives from the Page electorate are already active in the democratic process as youth advocates."