As the Federal Member for Stirling I enjoy and look forward to working with local schools in my community. Please see below some frequently asked questions from Stirling students and information for teachers on Parliamentary resources and visits to Parliament House.
Frequently Asked Questions from Stirling Students
Where did you go to school?
Trinity College, Perth
Why did you became of Member of Parliament?
I wanted to make Stirling a better place for families, for schools, for small businesses and community groups. I wanted to deliver positive outcomes for local issues.
What do you do when you’re in Canberra?
150 Members of Parliament make up the House of Representatives– I am one of them. I spend 18 weeks of the year in Canberra representing the views of people in my electorate of Stirling.
Days in Canberra can be very long, with Parliament meeting for an average of 11 hours a day during sitting weeks. My day can begin at about 7am and end at 10pm or later. During this time I debate with other Members of Parliament about legislation and vote on bills (proposed laws). I attend lots of meetings and discuss issues of national and international importance.
As the Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism I work with the Australian Federal Police and other Australian criminal intelligence agencies to ensure Australia remains a safe place.
What do you do when you’re in your electorate of Stirling?
I help constituents (people in my electorate) with issues such as taxes, immigration, health and pensions. I respond to the concerns of constituents such as road construction or environmental issues. I also work with local councils including the City of Stirling and City of Bayswater, visit schools, and meet with community groups including local sporting clubs, seniors clubs or not for profit organisations.
Since I was elected in 2004 I have been working hard to secure millions of dollars in funding for important projects in my electorate. This includes vital infrastructure for schools and community groups; funding for small businesses; and grants to improve dangerous intersections on our roads or improve congestion.
Visits to Parliament House in Canberra
Schools are provided with a government rebate to visit Parliament House along with other cultural and educational institutions in Canberra. Students will embark on a guided tour that includes visits to both chambers, and will be able to participate in role play in a mock parliamentary chamber complete with costumes and props. If the visit coincides with a sitting week I will also personally meet with students and congratulate them on their visit with award certificates. Schools requiring information about making a booking can visit here or contact the school bookings office on (02) 6277 4570 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parliamentary Education Office is available to support and educate schools, teachers and students about Parliament. These resources directly meet Years 6 to 9 civics and citizenship curriculum, and engage students in a fun and collaborative manner. Students can learn all about voting and how bills are passed, and can even role play their own Parliament. A number of informative videos are also available on their website for easy viewing in classrooms. Please visit www.peo.gov.au or contact my office for more information.
‘Parliament in Pictures’
‘Parliament in Pictures’ consists of 10 A2 Posters and is a resource which illustrates key parliamentary concepts using photographs, graphics and accessible language. The posters also come with a classroom guide containing additional information and activities to use in conjunction with the posters. You can obtain this resource free of charge from my office (limit of one per school).
Educational Resources from your local member
So that students are able to learn about who their Federal Member of Parliament is, I have created a small information brochure for schools called “Representing You”. In addition, a slideshow presentation is available containing information about the Federal Parliament and my roles in the House of Representatives. If either of these resources interests you please contact my office for copies.
Complimentary National Flags and Portraits
Available from my office are the Australian National Flag, Aboriginal Flag and Torres Strait Islander Flag which are large enough for flag poles and can be used for presentations, assemblies or special events. In addition, I also have desktop and hand-waver flags. Other items available include a booklet on the flags of Australia, booklet on Australia’s national symbols, compact disc and DVD recordings of the National Anthem, and portraits of her Majesty The Queen and Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. Please contact my office for more information.
Throughout the year I hold various colouring-in and design competitions for significant events including Harmony Day, Easter and Christmas. When these competitions become available I will send out another letter to your school with participation and prize information. At Christmas, students are also given the opportunity to create the design for my annual Stirling Christmas card – an activity that has been very popular in the past.
Classroom visits and events at school
During non-sitting weeks I am always very happy to attend schools and speak to students about my role in politics and the Federal Parliament. Likewise, if there are important events happening in your school community including Ride to School Day, Clean Up Australia Day, Harmony Week, Book Week, NAIDOC Week, Graduations, etc. I am more than happy to come along and participate if I am available. Please contact my office to enquire about available dates and times.