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Media Release

Bronwyn Bishop, MP

Minister for Aged Care

Member for Mackellar


5 November 1999



School students anticipate their lives in the year 2050


People living in the middle of the next Century will flash back to the future when they open a time capsule relating to this International Year of Older Persons, which was buried in the grounds of Darling House, at The Rocks in Sydney, by the Minister for Aged Care Bronwyn Bishop today.


Mrs Bishop presented the three winners of the Time of Your Life competition with awards, including IBM computers, when their stories were buried in the time capsule.


“More than a thousand young writers from across Australia and as far away as Indonesia and Malaysia demonstrated their vision of life in 50 years time through stories which all began with the words ‘In the year 2050, I...’.


“It was encouraging to see the positive impact that senior Australians have had on their lives.


“When people open this time capsule in 2050, they will be reminded how much senior Australians contribute to the community and how everyone can learn from the experience and wisdom of their seniors.


“This International Year of Older Persons initiative has helped younger people to understand that everyone deserves respect. regardless of age.


“I commend the Australian Women’s Weekly and Australian Coalition ’99 for organising the competition, and congratulate IBM, Collins Booksellers and the Body Shop for their sponsorship.


“A number of professional writers got into the spirit of this IYOP initiative and wrote their own short stories along the same theme; Terry Denton, Anna Fienberg, Libby Gleeson, Andy Griffiths, Sonya Hartnett, Libby Hathorn, John Marsden, Jenny Pausacker, Sarah Walker, Chris Wheat and Nadia Wheatley,” Mrs Bishop said.


The Time of Your Life story competition was open to young people aged 9-12, 13-15 and 16-18 years. The winners; Lauren Kajewsky, Letitia Barnett and Megan Wheeler, will each receive an IBM computer and their schools will receive a collection of books for the libraries. Ten runners up will receive Collins Bookshop vouchers and Body Shop gift packs.


The winning stories can be viewed on the Internet at ˜ ac99.



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