Posted on 18 June, 2021

Year 10 Legal Studies visit Parliament

Year 10 Legal Studies visit Parliament

Earlier this Term Year 10 Legal Studies students had the exciting opportunity to debate a mock bill in the chamber of the NT Legislative Assembly, as part of the Step Up and Be Heard program run by the Parliamentary Education Office.

The students were charged with the job of developing a mock bill to amend an existing law. They decided to focus their mock bill on the Motor Vehicle Act, with the aim to improve road safety in the Territory. Students then adopted the roles of members of Government, Opposition, or Independents, and drafted speeches to deliver in Parliament. On the day, students arrived at Parliament in business attire, speeches printed, ready to present in front of their peers, members of the gallery, and the real Deputy Speaker, Mr Joel Bowden. 

The group did a fabulous job debating the bill and presenting their arguments, with a fair amount of ‘hear hears’, banging of desks and ‘boos’ by the end of the session. Ultimately, the mock bill passed, with a number of members crossing the floor. Thank you to Mr Bowden for his involvement, Ms Lisa Belde from Parliamentary Education Support for the opportunity. Well done Year 10s for your energy and engagement in this activity!

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