Today Mr Tony Pasin, the Member of Parliament for Barker, visited our class. He talked to us about his role as a Federal Member of Parliament and the information he gave us was a fantastic complement to our visit to Canberra.

 

The students had brainstormed some excellent questions for Mr Pasin, who took the time to answer them all. Some of the questions included:

“What is the most recent debate you have had in the House of Representatives?”

“What is the most important contribution that you have ever made as a Member of Parliament?”

“Is it intimidating to speak in front of the House of Representatives?”

“If someone comes to you with a problem, do you have to take it on, or can you refuse?”

“What made you interested in Politics?”

Mr Pasin’s talk was very informative and interesting and really enabled our civics learning to come to life. He left us with two important messages:

  1. Any of the students in our classroom today could one day become a Member of Parliament, or even a Prime Minister (“If Tony can do it, you can too!”);
  2. The people who work in Canberra are there to serve the people, not the other way around.

It was quite an inspirational talk, and later in class the students were able to make the parallel to Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg, who 15 months ago started to strike for climate outside of the Swedish Parliament as a single individual, and has now inspired millions around the world to continue in her footsteps. It really is true that if you think one person can’t make a difference, you need to think again!