| June 15, 2017

Future Voices Students Meet the Prime Minister

This week in Parliament House the Future Voices program had a study tour to learn about federal politics and diplomacy as part of the program’s curriculum.

Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum said it was an absolute pleasure to be able to host such a wonderful bunch of students who all had great enthusiasm and excitement for the chance to learn as much as they could about how politics works on the biggest stage in our country.

“The students in the program have come from a number of different countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, but they now call Australia home. The group were given the opportunity to speak to Cabinet Ministers, Ambassadors, Members of Parliament and senior government advisers during their stay.

Every student had the opportunity to ask questions and undertake policy discussions with each of their guests, who were more than happy to provide the answers.

“The highlight for the group was the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Prime Minister’s Courtyard. As soon as the students began to walk through the Ministerial Wing of Parliament House you could feel their excitement build as they approached the Prime Minister’s office,” Mr Drum said.

“Prime Minister Turnbull was welcoming to all of the students and said hello to everyone individually before he extended an invitation for the group to come into his office. The students sat around a table in the Prime Minister’s office and asked him a number of questions about government policy.

“It was great to have all of these enthusiastic young leaders or, future voices, in Canberra this week. It was wonderful to have been able to provide these students with opportunities that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.  I hope that each of the students took away a greater appreciation for our democracy and enjoyed their time in Parliament,” Mr Drum said.

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