20th National Schools Constitutional Convention

21 April 2015 | General Interest

Year 12 student, Alexandra  de Lacy, recently participated in the 20th National Schools Constitutional Convention.   Alexandra was among 120 students from around Australia who travelled to Canberra from 24 to 26 March 2015 to participate in the Convention.

At the Convention, Emeritus Professor John Warhurst AO led a two-day program in which students explored whether Australia needed a Bill of Rights. Their discussion included a focus on the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. After hearing from a panel of experts and considering the issues in working groups Alexandra and other delegates voted in a mock referendum. They decided (by 53% to 47%) that Australia does not need a Bill of Rights.

This outcome was included in the Communiqué, which was presented to Senator the Hon Stephen Parry, President of the Senate in the final session of the Convention.

Other highlights of the Canberra trip included a visit to Government House, attendance at Question Time in the Parliament followed by a Welcome Reception hosted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, where Alexandra and the other delegates had the opportunity to meet local Members of Parliament and Senators.

Alexandra wrote about her experience in our recent newsletter.

Congratulations to Alexandra for her successful participation in the National Schools Constitutional Convention this year.  She is an outstanding ambassador for the College.