The National Schools Constitutional Convention opened today

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The 29th National Schools Constitutional Convention (NSCC) commenced today at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra. The NSCC allows Year 11 and 12 students to discuss and debate constitutional issues and consider topics designed to increase their understanding of the Australian Constitution and system of government.

The NSCC was officially opened by the Hon Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education who welcomed attendees, discussed the importance of the Australian Constitution and thanked the students for their invaluable insights and perspectives.

This year, over 90 students from across Australia have come together for the annual three-day convention. For students studying legal studies, history and politics, the NSCC provides an opportunity for them to consider careers in law, journalism, history and politics.

During the NSCC, students will explore this year’s topic: ‘Section 96 of the Constitution allows the Commonwealth to grant funds to areas that fall outside those prescribed in Section 51. Should Section 96 be amended to decentralise the power of the Commonwealth?’ Students will hear from experts, debate the main issues relating to the topic and vote in a mock referendum. 

The program also includes the Prime Minister’s Reception at Parliament House, a meeting with the Governor-General at Government House, and a dinner at the National Press Club of Australia. Students will visit important civic institutions in Canberra such as the Museum of Australian Democracy and Parliament House and they will attend Question Time in the House of Representatives.

The Convention is funded by the Department of Education.

Correct at time of publication.