Students to play politicians

Catherine Eppen-Van Der from Mandurah Baptist College with Year 10 student Lauren Ritchie.
Catherine Eppen-Van Der from Mandurah Baptist College with Year 10 student Lauren Ritchie.

The Statewide Student Parliament involves students from all over WA. They will sit as their electoral representative.

Lauren will be taking part as the Member for Dawesville.

On September 13, the students will be introduced to the chambers and then taken on an afternoon ferry cruise to get to know one another.

The next day, they will present a 90-second speech on what they think needs improving in their electorate. On day three, the group will be addressed by the Governor of WA and spend the morning at the Constitutional Centre. They will return to Parliament House later to view QuestionTime.

Lauren will have to discuss issues from her electorate. After speaking with residents, she plans to bring up the relocation of wildlife when new suburbs are being constructed or established ones extended.

�There is a wide range of wildlife and there isn�t much time for the wildlife to relocate before the building (starts),� she said.