On Thursday, October 18, Year 11 students Abby, Luke, Kiera and Eddie attended the Queensland’s School’s Constitutional Convention.
The annual Queensland Schools Constitutional Conventions are for secondary students of humanities and the social sciences. The aim of the Constitutional Convention is to educate senior secondary students about the Australian Constitution and how it guides democracy. It also includes opportunities for students to listen to speakers presenting perspectives on a constitutional issue and to participate in debates and plebiscites.
The Constitutional Convention also provides the basis for the election of Queensland's delegate team to attend the National Schools Constitutional Conventions External Link (NSCC) held in Canberra each year. The topic discussed this year was, is the Australian Constitution future proof? The current year is 2040. Can our Constitution cope with the technology changes and the situations of today? This was a very relevant topic considering recent advancements in artificial intelligence and the use of algorithmic methods to make decisions.
Out of a field of 15 students from 13 different public and private schools our school Indigenous speaker Luke won the competition and was selected to represent Queensland next year. Luke will now have the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister as well as have dinner at Kirribilli House and attend Question Time in parliament. Eddie our other school speaker placed a well-deserved fifth.