Virtual Cabinet with ACT college students

Released 03/04/2012

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today joined her ACT Government Cabinet colleagues, Andrew Barr, Simon Corbell, Joy Burch and Chris Bourke for a first of its kind Virtual Cabinet with ACT college students at the new InSPIRE Centre at the University of Canberra.


"Today, the Cabinet met at the InSPIRE Centre at the University of Canberra and took part in a first of its kind, hour long, Youth Cabinet," the Chief Minister said.


"Ministers responded to questions posed by students from five Canberra schools including Erindale College, Canberra College, Hawker College, Burgmann College and St Francis Xavier College.


"This is the first time in Australia that students have had this sort of opportunity to question cabinet ministers on the things that really matter to them including; the decriminalisation of Marijuana, road congestion, lowering the voting age, job prospects for school leavers, homelessness, the environment and public transport just to name a few," the Chief Minister said.


"Whereas previous Virtual Cabinet's have utilised the social media platform, Twitter, this time we tried something a little different by using the latest in web conferencing technology, which has been rolled out across ACT Government schools.


"Technology affords us some amazing possibilities for engaging with the community and the ACT Government is at the forefront of finding new ways to open up conversations with the community.


The Innovative Sustainable Practical Interactive Research in Education (InSPIRE) Centre has received $2 million from the ACT Government and $5 million from the Commonwealth Government and is designed to be a centre for teacher training and research in the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education.


"The InSPIRE Centre itself came about due to an election commitment made by the ACT Government in 2008 to collaborate with the University of Canberra and Federal Government to further enhance Canberra's capacity as a leader of technology and innovation in Australia," the Chief Minister concluded.

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