10 May 2018

Rotary Adventure in Citizenship

Today during parliament I met with Ms Natalie Lane, a Year 11 student from Trinity College Colac, who is participating in the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship (RAIC) program.

I congratulate Natalie on her interest in learning more about how the Parliament works and our democratic system.

We discussed local issues in the electorate including the redistribution of the electorate boundaries and her love of Forrest.  I was delighted to take a photo with her to promote the “love Forrest” campaign.  It is of course so important that all of Colac Otway including Forrest remains in Corangamite.

The RAIC program is conducted in partnership with the Parliamentary Education Office. RAIC is an intensive and fun filled week-long program to help prepare young adults for full participation as citizens of Australia.

Each year around 35 Year 11 students are sent by their local Rotary clubs to Canberra.

They view Parliament in action, including the Budget speech and Question Time, meet their Federal Member of Parliament and Press Gallery journalists. Through role play, the students participate in law-making debates and explore the functions of the Parliament.

One of the highlights is having morning tea with the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

I commend the initiative of the Rotary Clubs of Colac and Colac West for providing such a valuable opportunity to young people of Colac and District.


10 May 2018