Foundation Christian College student Mandurah MLA for a day

Mandurah MLA David Templeman and Connor Rehm outside Parliament House.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman and Connor Rehm outside Parliament House.

FOUNDATION Christian College Year 10 student Connor Rehm represented Mandurah MLA David Templeman as the Member for Mandurah at the Student Parliament event this week.

Connor was selected to attend State Parliament on Monday and sit as the Member for Mandurah.

He took an active part in a debate on a Bill to introduce Electronic Voting into WA and also presented a 200-signature petition.

Mr Templeman said Connor was an outstanding local student representative, represented his school exceptionally well and conducted himself brilliantly as Member for Mandurah.

“Connor presented a very important petition to the Parliament calling on the Government to provide more CCTV to the community,’’ he said.

Connor’s contribution to the electronic voting debate highlighted the symbolic importance of publicly having a say at election time and that the current voting system was an important Australian tradition.

“Filling out a ballot paper and turning up to a polling place were important elements of active participation in the democratic process,” Mr Templeman said.

Connor and his family moved to Mandurah from South Africa five years ago.

“Earlier this year we all became Australian citizens and I have gained a great insight into our democratic way of life,’’ Connor said.