|Penriff Community Cabinet (Le Kewen back from Beijing)
||[Apr. 12th, 2008|04:18 pm]
Referring back to my LiveJournal entry dated 4th. April I made a booking following this article in the (on-line version) of the Penrith Press.
The school will play host to a Community Cabinet, where any Penrith resident will have the chance to have a face-to-face interview with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Environment Minister Peter Garrett or any other Cabinet minister.
Fresh from his diplomatic mission overseas, the date with Jamison High School will be one of Mr Rudd's first appointments back in Australia.
Mr Hodgkins said the event was a great opportunity for the school, the students and the community as a whole. Lindsay Federal Labor MP David Bradbury visited the school last week to talk to the school captains, who will be meeting and greeting the Prime Minister and ministers on the night. "They're a pretty relaxed lot, you call them minister or Prime Minister," Mr Bradbury told the eight students.
As well as the school captains' involvement, the school's hospitality students will cater for the 550 expected guests. Rising music star student Nicholas Gentile will sing the national anthem before the PM, and Regional Pulse a band formed by students from across Western Sydney will perform. "The kids are more than willing to come in on the school holidays and get involved. They want to see democracy in action," Mr Hodgkins said.
Mr Bradbury said as well as the face-to-face interviews, there would be an open forum for questions. "The Rudd Government understands the need for decision-making to be informed by the real life experiences of the people affected by the actions of the Government," Mr Bradbury said.
Bookings are now closed. It's a fairly long walk - down Penrith High Street, turn right near OfficeWorks and keep going. I think there's a bus, although I might take the train to Penrith station and cycle there. I said might as I'm not sure they'll be anywhere to safely secure my bicycle. With an abundance of cabinet ministers in attendance it's best to be on the safe side.