Year 6 and 7 students at Pinnaroo Primary School learnt about Federal Parliament last week with a visit from Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP.

Mr Pasin explained to the students about his role in the Federal Parliament as an elected member before the students took part in a role play exercise where they acted out the legislative process of Parliament.

The Students each took on a role as a Member of Parliament to debate a Bill in the House of Representatives to ban homework in Australian Schools.

The group of around 14 students were divided into Government, Opposition and Independent members to debate the Bill before a vote was held to determine the Passage of the Bill.

“I was deeply impressed by the enthusiasm the students from Naracoorte South Primary showed for the democratic process,” said Mr Pasin.

“These students will determine the future of this Nation and as such I think it’s really important that they understand their civic duty. As one of very few Nations around the world with compulsory voting it’s vital that we educate young Australians about the Parliamentary process. Strength in Democracy comes with the community being informed and interested in how and why our laws are made,” Mr Pasin said.


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