These full school day programs are held in the chamber at the Legislative Assembly for the ACT throughout the year. Each program is presided over by the Speaker or other MLAs. Topics are nominated through teacher and student feedback.
Friday, 7 April 2017: Debates program for year 11 and 12 students
Friday, 26 May 2017: Debates program for year 9 and 10 students
Friday, 2 June 2017: Debates program for year 7 and 8 students
Friday, 1 September 2017: Debates program for year 9 and 10 students
Friday, 8 September 2017: Debates program for year 7 and 8 students
The Legislative Assembly's parliamentary debates program aims to provide:
Each school team is made up of four students, and participates in two debates. In the first debate, the school team presents their case and in the second debate the team questions the school team presenting.
The presenting team:
The questioning team:
Each debate lasts 20 minutes and proceeds as follows:
There is then a period of open question time (Questions without Notice) in which:
The debates are presided over by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for the ACT or another Member who is in charge of keeping order and ensuring that students comply with the standing orders and code of conduct as outlined below. At the end of each debate the Speaker puts the question to the vote to determine the outcome, and offers comments about the performance of the teams. A "Meet the Members" session rounds out the day enabling students to ask available MLAs questions about their role or what happens in the Chamber. Students are presented with a certificate of participation by the Speaker at the end of the program. For more detail please view the debate manual.