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Local Schools’ Constitutional Convention

On Tuesday 18 July, Geelong Lutheran College hosted the Local Schools’ Constitutional Convention as part of the Victorian Students’ Parliamentary Program. Geelong Lutheran College received a grant to host the convention with 42 students from local schools including Sacred Heart College, Surf Coast Secondary College, Good News Lutheran College, Christian College and St Joseph’s participating in the Convention.

The Convention focused on challenges to s116 of the Constitution – the right to freedom of religion.

The day began with a welcome from Principal, Gary Jewson and moved into a robust Q & A panel discussion with guest speakers Associate Professor Geoff Boucher from Deakin University; Chelsea Pietsch, an expert in religious freedom and our own Pastor David Spike. Student representatives from GLC and Sacred Heart College sat on the panel, providing a student perspective to the issues and challenges surrounding contemporary challenges to section 116.

A mock referendum was held with all students casting their vote to decide whether s116 should be removed from the Constitution with results indicating a failed referendum, with the decision not to remove S116 supported.

Special thanks to National Curriculum Services for their funding which enabled us to host this fantastic Convention.