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VIC students to attend the DIMIA national debating finals.



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MEDIA CENTRE

VIC Students to Attend the DIMIA National Debating Finals

MPS 34E/2003

The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Philip Ruddock, today congratulated Melbourne students on being selected to represent Victoria at the National School Debating Finals.

The students include Daniel Levan, 16, Michael Carne, 17, and Seamus Coleman, 16, all from St Kevin's College, Toorak, Ben Naparstek, 16, from Melbourne High School, South Yarra, Natalie Devitsakis, 15, from Presbyterian Ladies College, Burwood and Fiona

Prowse, 16, from St Catherine's, Toorak.

Mr Ruddock said it was important for Australian youth to develop an informed and balanced opinion of Australia's immigration and multicultural policies.

'As the decision makers of the future, it is important that students explore topics which so often dominate debate not only in parliament, but in the media and society generally,' Mr Ruddock said.

The finals, in Brisbane from 18-25 May, will be sponsored by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA), and aim to encourage secondary students to focus on immigration and multicultural affairs issues.

The students have been debating for between four and five years. Over the last six months they have been coached intensively by representatives of the Victorian Debating Union.

The students said they were looking forward to meeting other debaters from around Australia.

Daniel Levan said he enjoyed the competitiveness of debating and the chance to speak about different issues.

Fiona Prowse said that she liked debating because it allowed people to discuss issues and compare all sides of an argument.

'I am looking forward to learning new arguments and opinions by seeing the other debates,' Fiona said.

19 May 2003

Philip Ruddock MP MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

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