From 12-14 March 2014, Year 12 prefect Lucy Eddy will be among 120 Year 11 and 12 students from around Australia attending the 19th National Schools Constitutional Convention (NSCC) being held at Old Parliament House in Canberra. All Australian education ministers support the NSCC, with most states and territories funding feeder conventions and the Australian Government funding the NSCC.
The schools constitutional convention program 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.
At the 2014 Convention, Lucy and the other delegates will spend two days exploring Australian Federalism, States' Rights, and National Priorities. Emeritus Professor John Warhurst will facilitate the Convention program, which 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. Decisions made at the Convention will be incorporated into a communiqué that will be presented to the President of the Senate. The communiqué will then be tabled in Parliament.
In becoming a national delegate, Lucy 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.
She says, "I feel honoured to have been selected to take part in the National Constitutional Convention for 2014. I have always held a keen interest in politics and law and I am very grateful to have this opportunity."