Member for Groom Garth Hamilton has written to all Toowoomba Region high schools encouraging students to have their say through the Commonwealth Parliament’s ‘My First Speech’ competition.
Mr Hamilton said first speeches come in all shapes and sizes, and the competition allows students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to express their political views by submitting a 90-second speech.
“A Member’s first speech is a longstanding tradition that provides an opportunity for them to speak about issues they are passionate about,” Mr Hamilton said.
“The ‘My First Speech’ competition gives students the perfect opportunity to have their say on issues close to their heart.
“The competition encourages students to imagine themself as newly elected Members of the House of Representatives. Their task is to write a 90-second speech about issues they are passionate about record themselves presenting the speech on video.
“Three lucky winners will be chosen to travel to Parliament House in Canberra with their guardians to present their speech.
“Students from our Region will play an important part in our country’s future, and I urge them to take the opportunity to enter this competition.”
Entries close Tuesday 30 August
More information about the ‘My First Speech Competition’ can be found at www.aph.gov.au/myfirstspeech.