Unity College students debate homework ban

Federal MP Tony Pasin has visited the Murray Bridge school for a mock session of Parliament.

A very important debate has been had at Unity College: should homework be banned?

Year 8 students held a mock session of Parliament last Thursday, March 4, arranging themselves on opposing sides of a table.

They even had an usher dressed in robes with a fancy mace.

Federal MP Tony Pasin visited the college for the debate, which was held after COVID-19 restrictions prevented students from travelling to Parliament House in Canberra.

Mr Pasin said the students had had a “robust” debate.

“I was deeply impressed by the enthusiasm the students showed for the democratic process,” he said.

“These students will determine the future of this nation, and as such I think it’s really important that they understand their civic duty.

“As one of very few nations around the world with compulsory voting, it’s vital that we educate young Australians about the parliamentary process.”

Democracy would only stay strong if community members took an interest in the law-making process, he said.

The class formed part of the students’ studies of civics and citizenship.

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