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Thursday, 19 June 2014
Page: 6717

Ms PRICE (Durack) (13:45): I had the pleasure of welcoming two schools from Durack to Parliament House this week. They were taking part in the fantastic parliamentary education program that is offered in this place.

Students and teachers from Morawa District High School and Newman Primary School took the opportunity to gain a vital understanding of Australia's parliamentary process. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to meet with these young people and provide them with a memento certificate to serve as a reminder of their experience.

There was a distinction in the mature young adults from Morawa District High school, who I am sure made their school and deputy principal, Tonia Carslake, proud by their presentation and interest in the parliamentary process. I enjoyed quickly spotting the future politician in this group.

When I met with the Newman Primary School students and teachers there was a fantastic level of excitement, and I was definitely given the rock star treatment. Students were full of questions on the life of a politician, and of the 42 students and teachers in attendance I must have shaken the majority of these young people's hands. It was also great to see that there were plenty of budding politicians, particularly amongst the young girls in this group, with all students a fantastic reflection of their school community and deputy principal, Helen Metcalfe.

It was a joy and an honour to meet with our future leaders, and I look forward to seeing them again.