Heights College student Alana Murray is off to Canberra shortly to a youth Constitutional Convention to be held at the Old Parliament House. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Heights College student Alana Murray is off to Canberra shortly to a youth Constitutional Convention to be held at the Old Parliament House. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Watch out Tony Abbott, Alana has her sights on Canberra

NOT many high school students' eyes light up when they talk about the constitution, but then again Alana Murray is not your typical high school student.

The grade 12 Heights College student has her sights set on Canberra.

Alana will head to Australia's capital in March after being chosen as the local delegate for the National School Constitutional Convention.

Last week she was one of five students who presented a speech at the local Annual School Constitutional Convention on whether the Australian constitution should be amended to include a Bill of Rights.

She managed to research both sides of the argument and prepare her speech even while working on three other pieces of school assessment and studying for a Chinese exam, all due this week.

While nervous, Alana said she was excited about the trip.

"I think it's really important for community awareness," she said of the local convention.

"There were quite good speakers. It was a pretty high standard."

Alana loves legal studies, and said she often leaves class feeling passionate to research more about issues.

Her grade 10 work experience at parliament house only increased her interest.

Once she graduates, she hopes to study the double degree Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Government and International Relations at Griffith University.

Alana has also applied for the YMCA Youth Parliament.



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