Stella and Lucy Meet the Premier: Community Cabinet Meeting

Head Girl Stella Hammond, Premier Mark McGowan, Deputy Head Girl Lucy Anderson and Principal Jennifer Oaten

The chance for our girls to have their say at a state level is not an opportunity that comes along very often. So, for Head Girl Stella Hammond and Deputy Head Girl Lucy Anderson, an invitation to attend a Community Cabinet meeting over the weekend at Tompkins on Swan was an offer not to pass up. The girls attended with Principal Jennifer Oaten. The meeting allowed representatives from the Bateman and Bicton electorates to ask questions and raise opinions on topics relevant to their areas.

At the event were the Hon Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of Western Australia, the Hon Roger Cook, Deputy Premier, the Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC, the Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson MLA, the Hon Reece Whitby MLA, Lisa O’Malley MLA

Others present included the Hon Paul Papalia MLA, the Hon Simone McGurk MLA, the Hon Rita Saffiotti MLA and the Hon Dave Kelly MLA.

Stella, Lucy and Alannah MacTiernan MLA

Stella posed the following question to the cabinet members, which was responded to with resounding applause, “How do you plan on encouraging more young women into Australian politics, especially due to the recent and frankly rather confronting representations of women’s experiences in the Australian political sphere?”

About the meeting, Stella said, “I really loved that there was genuine interest from the members of the Cabinet to listen to different perspectives on issues facing our community. It was wonderful to have that level of access to them, to have current matters that we think are important on their radar and engage them in such a friendly and genuine manner.”

Lucy commented that “It was such an amazing experience to be able to witness firsthand the raw effort and passion that goes into the decision-making process. The community reception was a great representation of the diverse range of interest and issues that affect our society, whilst also showcasing the people responsible for both the logistics and new initiatives of our community.”

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