Southern River College student’s democracy poem read out in parliament

Taylah Drazic (Yr12) and Southern River MLA Terry Healy. Photo: Jon Hewson d487390 communitypix.com.au
Taylah Drazic (Yr12) and Southern River MLA Terry Healy. Photo: Jon Hewson d487390 communitypix.com.au

A LOCAL high school student has had her thoughts on democracy heard within parliament.

Southern River College head girl Taylah Drazic’s poem The Voice was read out by Southern River MLA Terry Healy during a recent parliamentary sitting and was subsequently published in the Hansard.

The piece was written as part of a Parliamentary Education Office poetry competition to celebrate the 40th parliament of WA.

Taylah said a teacher had urged her to enter the competition after she completed a Department of Premier and Cabinet traineeship.

“I hit a blank wall at first because I didn’t know too much about the theme of ‘Democracy in WA’, but after a lot of research I decided I would write about equality,” she said.

“I couldn’t decide on what minority perspective to write about so I decided to write about one I could personally relate to which of course was women’s equal rights.

“As democracy is about everyone having an equal say in important matters, I hope my poem has captured that theme and has helped people understand it better.

“I received a lot of positive feedback about it as well so I’ve grown more confident in it and I am grateful for having the opportunity of having it read to the people it was intended for.”

Taylah Drazic’s The Voice – A Poem About Democracy

Our Voice

I want to be heard

To be acknowledged

But cast in your shadow,

I am dominated.

Controlled

Abused

Protests

Riots

Strikes

and many other Fights

were bravely fought

for the fairness we now have.

Fairness

In 1899 we were humbly

granted

the right to vote.

But it is not

Equality

Fights have been fought

by those that walked before.

Great women like

Edith Cowan,

Blackburn and Wake

All paved a way,

But are overshadowed

by their male counterparts

Their struggles bettered our laws

Our country

Our people

They realised we are all equal

that we deserve a choice and a voice

Their fights for new laws,

rights and opportunities

have shaped our very lives

and worked for what we deserve.

But that wasn’t enough.

We still need more.

We need to stand on equal ground.

To have a voice just as loud.

We need to continue their fight.

If it takes more Debates,

Protests

and Riots

to continue their legacy,

We will raise our voice

And develop our stand.

Your Democracy

supposed Equality,

you claim it is here

but you do not hear our voice.

Only in stoking our cry,

we will make strides in their footsteps.