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ACT student named captain of the Australian schools debating team.



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Senator Amanda Vanstone MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

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ACT Student Named Captain of the Australian Schools Debating Team

VPS 116/2004

A Canberra student has been congratulated by the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, after being selected as captain of the team to represent Australia at the International Schools Debating Competition in Canada early next year.

Julia Fetherston from Canberra Girls Grammar School, is captain of the team which will be one of 32 countries represented at the international competition in Calgary.

'Australia has won the previous two International Schools Debating Competitions and has been the most successful team for the past decade,' Senator Vanstone said.

'The Australian team was selected at the National Schools Debating Championship, held this year in Perth from 1 - 8 August and sponsored by my department for the second year running,' she said.

The other Australian team members are Jack Wright from St Josephs College and Tim Mooney from The Kings School in New South Wales and Sienna Merope from Elizabeth College in Tasmania.

James Robertson from Narrabundah College in the ACT and Steve Hind from Brisbane Grammar School were named as reserves.

Senator Vanstone said all students selected for the Australian team were excellent ambassadors for their families, schools, States and Territories.

'The whole country should be proud of the preparation, effort and training you put in to be selected for the Australian team, and I'm sure Australia will be proud of your efforts next year in Canada,' Senator Vanstone said.

'I wish you good luck and good debating in Calgary,' she said.

Senator Vanstone also congratulated the New South Wales team who defeated the Tasmanian team to become the National Schools Debating champions.

New South Wales were the affirmative team debating the topic that 'ATSIC should be abolished.'

The students who represented New South Wales were Julia Bowes from Sydney Girls High, Jack Wright from St Josephs College, Tim Mooney from The Kings School, and Dana McMullen from Gosford High School.

12 August 2004