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Leeming High students invite local M.P. to visit their school



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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

P.O. BOX 1206. BOORAGOON. W.A. 6154 SUITES. GATEWAY MELVILLE CITY CENTRE BOORAGOON TEL. (09) 364 5554

PETER SHAC K. M.P. I

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR TANGNEY L SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT^ 15TH JUNE, 1988. T45/88

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LEEMING HIGH STUDENTS INVITE LOCAL M.P. TO VISIT THEIR SCHOOL

A letter of invitation from Year 9 Leeming Senior High School student Katrina Shaw to Tangney's Federal M.P., Peter Shack, resulted in him visiting the school on June 13.

Mr Shack said that Katrina and her classmates asked him to go along and talk to them about Australia's electoral processes, its system of government, and what it is like to be a Member of Parliament.

"As these students are nearing the end of their current term's study of the political process they had plenty of questions prompted by their reading and lessons.

"I find it enormously encouraging to see these young people taking such a keen interest in something which impacts upon their lives in a multitude of ways.

"Sadly, far too many people regard Federal, State and Local Government as being irrelevant to them, when in fact they have a major influence on their lives.

"This lack of understanding is reflected in a recent public opinion poll published in the Canning/Melville Times.

"When asked whether or not the Labor Party has lost touch, some people responded with comments such as - ' I don't know really know much about politics ... the Government hasn't had any effect on my life yet'.

"What such replies show is that these people have failed to understand is that the level and quality of their education, the roads, transport and other community amenities they enjoy, their cost of living and employment prospects are all matters affected by political decisions.

"After talking with students at Leeming SHS, I am confident they will not make the mistake of dismissing the political process as irrelevant and that they will take an active interest in all three levels of government.

"What the Local Council decides about the zoning of land, and other planning matters can be just as important to an

individual as State and Federal Government decisions on issues such as health, housing, and education.

"I am pleased that young people are now being given the opportunity to become aware of the importance of the

political process, and that we can look forward to more informed voters using their right to vote in an effective way."

Further information: Delys Newman (364 5554).