United Nations in sights of student

Passion for Human Rights: Newman College Year 12 student Anna Churack took part in the National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra recently. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d398972
Passion for Human Rights: Newman College Year 12 student Anna Churack took part in the National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra recently. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d398972

The 16-year-old was among 124 high school students selected from 4000 to take part in the convention at Old Parliament House and investigated how to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution.

Human rights is a passion of Anna’s and she said she hoped to work for the United Nations one day but for now just looked forward to being able to vote.

‘If I voted this year it would be on the issue of asylum seekers ” I’m pro-asylum seekers,’ she said.

Despite her political activism, Anna does not believe the voting age should be lowered from 18 and said doing so would result in many people voting for policies they did not understand.

During her trip, Anna met a number of high-profile politicians and dignitaries, including Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Julie Bishop.

Anna said she admired people who worked in politics and believed the media needed to focus more on Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s policies and not her clothes or personality.

‘She wears a suit just like the rest of them,’ she said.