Faces of Parliament - Pablo Diaz

Opening the front door of Parliament House

For a group of people who are customer-facing, engaging with the community through screens rather than face-to-face was something that everyone needed to adjust to, especially given what Pablo and the team consider to be the core purpose of their role: connecting people to Parliament.

“It’s the people’s house, there’s a lot of history here. Parliament isn’t just about history though, it's actually a contemporary place in terms of the legislative work that's done here. It is accessible to everybody, it’s beautiful in terms of architecture, and people definitely connect with that aspect, but it’s what’s happening here right now - seeing history being made - that's really exciting.”

In 2020, the team spent six weeks designing online incursions to ensure there were still opportunities for students to learn about the work of Parliament. The resulting program has now connected with more than 200 schools and has proved so popular that it is now offered on an ongoing basis.

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Parliament Prize teacher resource

Parliament Prize teacher resource

The Parliament Prize is back in 2021! Our annual competition invites Victorian school students to consider what they would say in Parliament if they were an MP, and submit a 90-second video of their own Member statement.

Based on feedback from teachers last year, we have created a new resource to support student’s entry into the Parliament Prize. This will assist students to develop their capacity in writing their Member Statement; consider how they might generate ideas so that they can identify relevant state-based issues or topic; and determine how they can produce a well-rounded video presentation.

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PHOTO 2021 - Just wanted you to know

Photo 2021 artwork by Eliza Hutchison

Photo 2021 is a festival of photography that features artists from across Australia and around the world. There are currently 94 exhibitions and projects on display across Victoria, including here on the steps of Parliament House.

'Just wanted you to know' is an artwork by Parliament’s first ever photographer in residence, Eliza Hutchison, that explores political, personal and cultural narratives told through a montage of photographs and graphics. Eliza creates associations between these areas of our lives by finding both the commonalities and contrasts.

The work will be on display until 15 March and we've created a resource that we hope will provide inspiration to consider similar themes with your students in a visual form.

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First Women of Politics and Parliament

millie peacockIn honour of International Women’s Day 2021, we take a closer look at the first woman elected to the Parliament of Victoria Lady Millie Peacock. The story looks at her life in politics and asks students to explore what impact women – whether in public political life or working behind the scenes – have had on Parliament of Victoria and on all Victorians. Regardless of whether we’re aware of their lasting legacies or not, these women – Lady Millie Peacock, the women referred to in the activities, and many more – were and are, pioneers in politics and parliament.

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Changing the ways we work

Changing the way we workThe videos in our Workday Revolution module show the working conditions of labourers, such as stone masons, and child workers prior to the introduction of 8-hour workday law in 1856. The 8-hour workday provided Victorians a work-life balance based on the idea of 8 hours work, 8 hours recreation and 8 hours rest. But so much about the way we live and work has changed in the 165 years since the law was introduced. The activities in the ‘Changing the ways we work’ resource explore some of the ways life has changed since 1856, the impact of these changes on our work-life balance, and considers whether we need to amend our existing laws, or if it’s time for a new Workday Revolution.

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