Warwick SHS head girl to travel to Canberra for National Schools Constitutional Convention


Nicola Hames. Picture: Martin Kennealey d480538
Nicola Hames. Picture: Martin Kennealey d480538

STUDENT delegates from across the country will travel to Canberra this month to consider who should be eligible to sit in Federal Parliament.

Warwick Senior High School head girl Nicola Hames is one of 120 Year 11 and 12 students selected to take part in the National Schools Constitutional Convention, being held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House from March 20 to 22.

The program aims to better inform senior students about how Australia’s Constitution provides a democratic framework and encourages them to take an active interest in the operation of government.

The students will review the main issues of Section 44, which sets out the conditions to disqualify a Member of Parliament – a topical issue over the past year with several Australian parliamentarians being declared ineligible from holding office because of dual citizenship.

This will include input from a panel of experts, group discussions and a mock referendum to determine the outcome of their deliberations.

Ms Hames, who is interested in pursuing a law career, said she was excited to represent WA at the national convention, having been selected from more than 1000 students across Australia.

“I really enjoyed the State Constitutional Convention held last September; it was such great experience and the speakers were highly engaging,” she said.

“The most exciting part of attending the national convention for me is the opportunity to meet like-minded politics and law enthusiasts from across the country.”

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