Moriah student selected from 4000 for national debate

March 23, 2010 Agencies
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Gregory Jacobson will debate legislative power and federalism at the 2010 National Schools Constitutional Convention.

Greg Jacobson

The Moriah College Year 12 student from Bondi Junction will debate the issue of legislative power and federalism in Canberra at the 2010 National Schools Constitutional Convention which starts today.

Jacobson will be among 125 students from around Australia attending the 15th National Schools Constitutional Convention being held at Old Parliament House in Canberra.

In becoming a national delegate, Gregory 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.

Guided by experts in constitutional law the delegates will spend three days exploring the division of legislative powers between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories with a particular focus on issues relating to water and hospitals. They will focus on a range of arguments relating to the current division of responsibilities, assess whether it is working or if it is time for a change.

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

Note:  While the 2010 National Schools Constitutional Convention is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations, the views expressed at the Convention will not necessarily represent the views of the Department.

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