Member for Euroa and Nationals’ deputy leader Steph Ryan is encouraging students who are passionate about their community to enter the 2022 Parliament Prize competition.  

Entries are now open for the Parliament Prize competition for Victorian students in three categories: years 5-6, 7-9, and 10-12.

Students are invited to submit a video of themselves presenting a Member’s Statement they would make to Parliament if they were a Member of Parliament. 

A Member’s Statement is an opportunity for MPs to make a brief statement in Parliament of no more than 90 seconds on matters they wish to bring to the attention of Parliament that are of interest or concern to them and the people of their electorate. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get a taste of what it’s like to take the concerns of their community to State Parliament,” Ms Ryan said.  

“I regularly speak to students from our local schools so I know there are a lot of students who would perform brilliantly at such a task.”  

Students wishing to enter the competition can submit a video recording of themselves speaking for up to 90 seconds.  

Judges will look for entries that demonstrate a clearly articulated message, interesting insights, ideas and/or perspectives and a clear understanding of why this issue or idea matters. 

Previous video topics included reducing the voting age, the need to teach Auslan at school, more rubbish bins, creating community gardens and caring for adults with disabilities.  

Students can win $500 for themselves, as well as $1000 for their school, which will ideally be used to promote civics and citizenship and law-related education within school curriculum.  

For more information on the competition, which closes June 17, visit www.parliament.vic.gov.au/education/the-parliament-prize.

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