Sarah eyes country?s top job

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

SARAH Iannantuono wants to be the first female Prime Minister of Australia.

So it's a good thing the bright Year 7 student at Gladstone South State School will get her first taste of parliament next week, when state parliament sits in Rockhampton.

'There's three different areas of government ? state, federal, and local,' Sarah recounts.

'When we go to Rockhampton we'll listen to them (the members of parliament) talk and find out how they debate and where they sit.'

Year 7 student Aaron McLoughlin said it was important to know about politics "for when you're older and you need to know how to vote and who to vote for'.

More than 40 Year 7 students from Gladstone South, as well as high school students from Chanel College and Toolooa State High School will converge on Rockhampton to witness democracy in action.

For potential future leaders like Damien McKeon and Carissa Collins, issues of animal welfare, the environment, education and health will be at the top of their list of priorities if they ever make it into government.

'I think they should make education more fun and reduce taxes to make it easier for people,' Damien said.

Nikita King agreed, adding that people should not be allowed to kill or hurt animals and that children should be given more of a say on state and national matters.

'Adults aren't the only ones with opinions, they need to tell kids more about what happens,' she said.

Parliament will sit at the Pilbeam Theatre in Rockhampton from Tuesday to Thursday, only the second time it has sat outside Brisbane since 1859, the first time being in Townsville in 2003.



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