Today, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honourable Milton Dick MP launched the Parliament in Schools program – an initiative to make civics education accessible to students regardless of their location. Launching today, the Speaker will be visiting five schools across Western Australia (WA), over the next three days.
In collaboration with the Parliamentary Education Office (PEO), the Speaker will visit schools across Australia to bring Parliament to them. They will learn about federation, democracy and the parliament.
‘At the moment, we have a fantastic schools program run at Parliament House in Canberra by the PEO. In 2021-22, 19 468 students from 347 schools across Australia participated in an onsite PEO program.’
‘But not all students will get the opportunity to travel all the way to Canberra. This is why we are taking this program on the road, and bringing it to them,’ the Speaker says.
Over the next three days, the Speaker and the PEO will visit:
- Swan View Primary School (Swan View) and Brabham Primary School (Brabham) – with the Member for Hasluck, Tania Lawrence MP,
- Oberthur Primary School (Bull Creek) – with the Member for Tangney, Sam Lim MP,
- Sacred Heart College (Sorrento) – with the Member for Moore, Ian Goodenough MP, and
- Shenton College (Shenton Park) – with the Member for Curtin, Kate Chaney MP.
About the PEO
The PEO educates Australians about, and inspires their enthusiasm for, Australia’s parliamentary democracy. Through accessible, immersive, experiential programs and resources we foster informed, engaged and active citizens of all ages.