Quiz kids impress

MOUNT LAWLEY senior high school students grilled local pollies at a panel discussion on Monday.

The 100 students from year 10 to 12 served up questions to Mt Lawley Labor MP Simon Millman, Perth Labor MP John Carey, Stirling mayor Mark Irwin and Liberal party federal VP Fay Duda.

“I’m thrilled that so many young people were engaging in the political process firsthand,” Mr Millman said.

“Their questions were challenging and thought-provoking. I hope these students represent our community one day because I’m sure we’ll be in safe hands if they do.”

• Liberal party federal VP Fay Duda, Mt Lawley Labor MP Simon Millman, panel chair Warwick Smith from Heirisson Rotary Club, Stirling mayor Mark Irwin and Perth Labor MP John Carey.

Mr Carey says they were quizzed on issues such as an Australia republic, terrorism, and the poor public perception of politicians.

“I love these kinds of forums because as an elected official when you get questions that are different or out of left field, it gets you thinking about what you do and how you do it.

“I walked away inspired by the kids, that they were genuinely engaged. It’s a ripper of a school with great teachers and it’s clear that the kids want to learn.

“I put a question to them: How many of you read the news, and just about everybody put their hand up. “

by DAVID BELL

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