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Young, Future Politicians, Listen Up!

(Parliamentum, 2011)

Have some political opinions you want heard? This contest is for you!

If you’ve turned on a television in the past month, you’ll know our political climate is a little up-and-down at the moment. But imagine if you could make your voice heard on the big stage.

Parliament House, to be exact.

Entries are now open for the 2018 My First Speech Competition. The contest invites young public speakers in years 10, 11, and 12 to write a speech as if you were speaking in the House of Representatives in Canberra.

And that scenario may not be as bizarre and attainable as you might think! The winners will be flown to Canberra and will indeed deliver their work in Parliament House.

Speeches will be judged by a panel of experienced politicians, including Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon. Tony Smith MP, Member for Dunkley Chris Crewther MP, Member for Adelaide, the Hon. Kate Ellis MP, and Member for Melbourne Adam Brandt MP.

“It’s always a pleasure to welcome the winners of the My First Speech competition to Parliament House,” Mr. Smith said, in a recent media release.

Young peoples’ thoughts, opinions, and voices are often muffled when it comes to issues of a political nature, often blatantly ignored and discredited due to their age. This is the perfect opportunity to get your voices and thoughts out there and will hopefully show politicians and the general public that young people have things to say, and that they will be heard.

We are making headway with this issue in 2018, bills being put forward to the government by experts to lower the voting age from 18 to 16, therefore getting a wider demographic of young voters into the electoral pool. Contests like the My First Speech competition would only add to the voices screaming for age equality on the electoral roll.

Entries to the competition close at 5pm on Friday 19th October, so get thinking and get writing!

For more information and to learn more about the purpose and process of the competition, visit https://www.aph.gov.au/myfirstspeech.

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