Thursday 7th April 2011
My First Speech Competition for Young Australians
Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP, encourages High school students in years 10, 11 and 12 to take part in a new national competition called “My First Speech”.
Organised by the House of Representatives, students need to write and video a 3 minute speech as if it was their first speech to parliament.
“This is a great opportunity for young Australians to have a voice about issues that matter to them,” Mr van Manen MP said today.
“First speeches, previously known as maiden speeches, are an opportunity for newly-elected members to outline the issues they think are important and the difference they hope to make.
“When I gave my first speech in the parliament, I spoke about my personal experiences, goals for the electorate and local issues in Forde such as infrastructure, cost of living and environment.”
In this competition, students need to imagine they’ve been elected to the House of Representatives.
They need to think about the issues which are important to them and then write and video a speech which expresses their concerns, hopes and ideals.
It may be a personal, local or national issue or issues, or maybe even a global concern.
Entries will be judged on language, content and delivery and the videos may be used as part of an upcoming public exhibition in Parliament House in Canberra.
The winner will receive a cash prize of $250 for themselves and $500 for their school.
The runner up will receive $100 for themselves and $250 for their school.
Both students will be invited to Canberra to attend the opening of a public exhibition on first speeches in Parliament House in July.
Entries close on Thursday 16 June 2011.
For more information – and inspiration – go to the competition’s website: www.aph.gov.au/myfirstspeech