Workshop aims to teach about our parliament

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

State Parliament is hoping to “demystify democracy” at a free Bunbury workshop.

The Community Lunchbox Seminar will be an “apolitical, informative and instructive session” aimed at helping people to know how they can get their voices heard more effectively within the parliamentary process.

Parliamentary education officer Peter Dooley said workshop facilitators would inspire people to learn more and take part in the discussion.

“Bunbury is a dynamic city embedded within the diverse region of the South West,” Mr Dooley said.

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“No matter where you live in WA or who you are, laws made by the Parliament of Western Australia affect numerous aspects of your everyday life.

“Having a greater awareness of how parliament works and what your members do means you can have greater confidence in the democratic system and truly value the stability it provides for our State.

“We also believe that when people are better informed about the parliamentary process they become more engaged with it, which results in stronger outcomes for communities.”

The workshop will be held at the City of Bunbury function room on March 16 and will include topics such as lodging petitions to parliament, where to go to make a submission to a parliamentary committee and how to be heard.

“Our parliamentary education facilitators are passionate advocates for the parliament and for community education,” Mr Dooley said.

“They will both entertain and inform over the 90-minute session and inspire Bunbury residents to learn more about their state parliament.”

The Parliamentary Education Office will be holding primary school workshops and learning sessions throughout the South West.

The Bunbury workshop will be held at the City of Bunbury function room and places are limited.

To secure one of the limited spots, call 9222 7259.

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