21st National Schools Constitutional Convention

Youth provide input on Australian Federalism: Education and State Powers

Local Queensland Academies for Science, Mathematics and Technology  student Kaavya Jha is one of 120 Year 11 and 12 students selected to participate in the 21st National Schools Constitutional Convention, being held at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra from 16 – 18 March 2016.

The National Schools Constitutional Convention Programme provides senior students with an opportunity to become better informed about how Australia’s Constitution provides a democratic framework and encourages them to take an active interest in the operation of government.  The topic of the 2016 Convention is ‘Education in a Federation’.

Facilitated by Emeritus Professor John Warhurst AO, Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University, the students will consider a range of arguments relating to the current division of responsibilities, assess whether it is working or if it is time for a change. This will include input from a panel of experts, group discussions on the issues and the opportunity to persuade other delegates of particular approaches. Students will participate in a mock referendum to determine the outcome of their deliberations.

The Convention is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training as part of its ongoing commitment to civics and citizenship education.

In becoming a national delegate, Kaavya was selected from around 4,000 students from government, independent and Catholic schools, most of whom took part in feeder conventions in their home state or territory.

Kaavya stated “This will be my first trip to Canberra, and I am so thrilled to be able discuss this relevant issue with both professionals and other students. I am honoured to have been selected and am looking forward to this incredible opportunity.”

Note: The 2016 National Schools Constitutional Convention is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. The views expressed at the Convention will not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.