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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage

12 May 1999


Deanna Knight, 16, from Shepparton High School, is in Canberra this week to represent her school and the Murray-Goulburn region, at the fourth National Schools Constitutional Convention at Parliament House.

Deanna is one of 25 students from Victoria, and 120 delegates attending the convention from throughout Australia. She was originally elected by Shepparton High Students to participate in the regional schools convention, and then selected from 5000 students nationally to participate in the National Convention.

Mrs Stone said that the Convention was designed to promote discussion among young people about Australian constitutional and citizenship issues.

"The Convention is bringing together some of our brightest young people to discuss their views about the shape of our democracy in the twenty-first century," Mrs Stone said.

"Many young people don't realise that Australia is only one of ten nations to have had continuous democracy throughout the twentieth century."

While in Parliament House, Deanna met with Mrs Stone MP, Federal Member for Murray, to discuss the convention agenda and the upcoming monarchy-republican referendum.

Deanna, a committed republican, believes "the Queen is part of the past and that it is time to move forward."

During the three day conference Deanna had the opportunity to tour new Parliament House, and have afternoon tea with the Prime Minister and other government representatives.

"It is great to see Shepparton so well represented. Our region can be very proud of the contribution she is making in Canberra this week, and will no doubt continue to make in the future," Mrs Stone said.

The Conference runs from 12 to 14 May at Old Parliament House, Canberra.

Next year Deanna will spend 12 months in Sweden as part of a Rotary exchange program.

For further information please contact:
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415

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