University debaters in Democracy Day challenge

Monashdebating newsthumbInternational Day of Democracy was celebrated at Parliament House with a community day and debating competition.

Three university debating teams and a team of parliamentary staff competed for the Democracy Day trophy.

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Democracy Day Forum at Parliament House

DemocracyForum newsthumbMulticultural community leaders were welcomed to Parliament House for a forum to coincide with International Day of Democracy.

Chaired jointly by the President of the Legislative Council Bruce Atkinson and the Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission Helen Kapalos, the forum brought together a diverse range of leaders for a discussion on how parliament can grow its engagement with Victoria’s multicultural community.

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Global warning at Deakin Oration

Dr Tilman Ruff AMThe catastrophic consequences for the world from any use of nuclear weapons were spelled out in detail at the 2018 Deakin Oration held at Parliament House.

Hosted by the Victorian Parliament’s Presiding Officers, this year’s oration was presented by Dr Tilman Ruff, an associate professor at the University of Melbourne and founding co-chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Governor opens new Annexe

The Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau ACThe evolution of Parliament House continued today with the official opening of our new Annexe by the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC.

Built over a two year period and coming in on budget, the Parliament House Annexe provides much needed office space for parliamentarians and replaces temporary offices that had passed their use by date.

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Aspiring MPs in lively debates

Youth Parliament 2018Youth from across Victoria have demonstrated their passion for politics at the 32nd Youth Parliament of Victoria held this week at Parliament House.

Debating in the two parliamentary chambers, 120 youth parliamentarians discussed a range of proposals, including food production and wastage regulation, lowering the breast screening age, prevention and minimisation of the harmful effects of gambling, and compulsory drug education in secondary schools.

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