Youth provide input on how to recognise ATSI Peoples in the Constitution

by on Mar, Sun, 2013 in Stronger Smarter News | 0 comments

Barry Newman

Barry Newman

St Teresa’s College—Abergowrie student, Barry Newman, is one of 124 Year 11 and 12 students selected to investigate how to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution, at the 18th National Schools’ Constitutional Convention, being held at Old Parliament House in Canberra from 20 – 22 March.

Facilitated by Emeritus Professor John Warhurst, Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University, Barry together with other selected delegates will explore how to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution.

Students will hear a panel of experts discuss the advantages, disadvantages and issues raised by such a proposal and, through working groups.

The Convention is funded by the Australian Government as part of its ongoing commitment to civics and citizenship education.

In becoming a national delegate, Barry was selected from around 4,000 students from government, independent and Catholic schools, most of whom took part in feeder conventions in their home state or territory.

“I am honoured I have been given this once in a lifetime opportunity” says Barry.

Barry is a year 12 student, from Bamaga who this year holds the position of College Vice Captain. He is also one of the students involved in the Gowrie Boys Youtube project.

Story supplied by St Teresa’s College—Abergowrie.

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