SNOWY Mountains Grammar School student Josie Sinclair is one of 120 Year 11 and 12 students selected to investigate Australian federalism, states' rights and national priorities, at the 19th National Schools' Constitutional Convention, being held at Old Parliament House in Canberra from March 12-14.
Facilitated by Emeritus Professor John Warhurst, Professor of PoliticalScience at the Australian National University, Josie together with other selected delegates will explore the division of legislative powers between the Commonwealth and the states and territories.
In particular, they will consider a range of arguments relating to the current division of responsibilities, assess whether it is working or if it is time for a change.
In becoming a national delegate, Josie was selected from around 4,000 tudents from government, independent and Catholic schools, most of whom took part in feeder conventions in their home state or territory.
"I am absolutely thrilled to have to opportunity to attend the Convention in March and I relish the chance to not only learn more about the parliamentary system, but also be able to share my own opinions," Josie said.
"It's a rare occasion that youth, particularly in rural areas, have the chance to have their political opinions heard by such a large group of other teens and people with political power."