A BIPARTISAN effort between Federal politicians resulted in a group of students from the northern suburbs Alta-1 program visiting Canberra this week.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough and Cowan MHR Anne Aly teamed up to get the group to the capital, where they toured Parliament House, met MPs, watched Question Time, had lunch in the members’ dining room and spent time with the Speaker.
Alta-1 operates a school that provides an alternative education program for 12 to 19 year olds, who are not suited to mainstream schooling, to complete secondary education.
“It was a pleasure to work with my neighbouring member, Anne, to encourage, motivate, and inspire this group of young people who have faced challenges in their lives,” Mr Goodenough said.
“I believe that it’s important we invest in today’s youth and encourage them to think beyond their daily challenges.
“I commend Alta-1 for the work they are doing in the community.”
Dr Aly said it was a pleasure to bring the students to Canberra.
“These Alta-1 students met with members and senators from both sides of politics and shared their views and experiences,” she said.
“Their stories made these Canberra politicians sit up and listen.
“From mental health beds to government services, and the cashless welfare card, they made sure that young people’s opinions won’t be ignored.”