Primary students take over parliament

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More than 100 primary students from across Victoria have participated in the 2015 Victorian Primary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention held at Parliament House.

Run exactly like a parliament, the convention gave year 5 and 6 students the chance to stand up and be heard in the building where the laws of Victoria are made.

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Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri descendant Graham Briggs at the opening of the convention

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Education Minister James Merlino (pictured above) opened the convention, introducing the theme for this year’s event, which was: ‘Young people’s voices are not heard in Australian politics.’

Thirty-one metropolitan and regional schools were represented at the convention.

During the day, students engaged in discussion groups on a range of topics, including whether the voting age should be lowered and whether they should get a say on specific issues that affect them.

Students also got to vote in the Legislative Assembly Chamber.

The Primary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention is a partnership between the Parliament of Victoria, the Department of Education and Training, Independent Schools Victoria, the Catholic Education Office Melbourne, and Social Education Victoria.

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Students debated a range of issues at the convention

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