Future Voices participants meet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and some of his cabinet ministers at Parliament House last week during a study tour to learn about federal politics and diplomacy.
The meeting was arranged with the help of Member for Murray Damian Drum, who said it was a pleasure to be able to host such a wonderful bunch of students who all had enthusiasm and excitement for the chance to learn as much as they could about politics.
‘‘The 18 students in the program have come from a number of different countries, such as Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, but they now call Australia home,’’ Mr Drum said.
‘‘The group was given the opportunity to speak to cabinet ministers, ambassadors, Members of Parliament and senior government advisers during their stay.
‘‘It was great to have all of these enthusiastic young leaders or, future voices, in Canberra.
‘‘I hope that each of the students took away a greater appreciation for our democracy and enjoyed their time in Parliament.’’
The two-day seminar provided a chance for participants to improve access to leadership skills and cross-cultural experiences.
‘‘The one-on-one open conversation with the Prime Minister inspired us and created an opportunity for cohorts to ask questions, discuss issues and increase their knowledge of some of the policies developed by the Federal Government,’’ Future Voices project manager Rashidi Sumaili said.
Future Voices is a platform which engages families with education and mentors youth from refugee, immigrant, low-socio economic backgrounds and other youth.
It builds leadership skills to create opportunities, enhance knowledge exchanges, support community integration and improve connections with existing organisations across the region.