What's happening in parliament - May 2022

Debates in the Legislative AssemblyBelow are some of May’s Committee Inquiries and Bills that are before both the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. More information about what is happening in Committees and during each sitting week can be found on the Committee's and Bills this week pages.

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Connecting Parliament Prize to your classroom

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The Parliament Prize is an annual video competition that gives students an opportunity to talk about issues that are important to them. Entries for this year's competition will open on 16 May. The format is based on Members statements to parliament; a 90-second statement that any Member of Parliament can make on any issue or topic, sometimes referred to as a ‘matter of importance’. We've compiled some tips and resources that will be helpful if using the Member statement format in your classroom.

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Special student workshops explore community meeting places

Meeting Places workshops in March 2022 will take place on the steps of Parliament House

Registrations are now open for a special series of interactive and hands-on workshops will focus on how people use the formal and informal spaces of Parliament to meet, use their voice, and influence the democratic process.

Throughout May, students will gather on the steps of Victoria’s Parliament House, the site of a major photographic artwork that will be on display as part of the PHOTO 2022 international festival of photography. By exploring the themes of this artwork, students will consider the many ways in which communities across our state come together to meet, and how Parliament House is used as a meeting place by different people for different purposes.

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What's happening in Parliament - March 2022

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Below are some of the current Committee Inquiries and Bills that are before both the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. More information about what is happening in Committees and during each sitting week can be found on the Committee's and Bills this week pages.

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Principles of justice: Parliament and the courts

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On Thursday 3 March, Parliament of Victoria and Victoria Law Foundation hosted an online panel discussion about the principles of justice and the separation of powers. Joining the panel was Judge Tran and Judge Sexton from the County Court and Shadow Attorney General the Hon. Michael O'Brien MP.

In the discussion, panel members shared their understanding of the principles of justices and spoke about how they apply these principles in their work. They also considered the relationship between the courts and parliament in making, reforming, and applying the law. The following is an overview of the key concepts from this discussion.

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