ACU students steal limelight

As an Australian Catholic University student from Melbourne, Cassandra Plonsker, prepares to debate how to abolish school gangs at next month's Victorian Youth Parliament, fellow student Jessica Farrell has been named the face of Melbourne's Spring Fashion Week.

Star News reports that Cassandra Plonsker from Delahey in Melbourne's west is tasked with proposing a new law and convincing her fellow young parliamentarians to approve it.

It will be the second youth parliament for the 19-year-old education student from Australian Cathoilc University (ACU) who sees the 120 strong gathering as an opportunity to learn parliamentary procedure and etiquette.

Sponsored by the YMCA, the Youth Parliament provides an opportunity young people aged 16 and 25 years to debate issues in the form of legislation as a "bill" or an "act", in both the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council chambers of the Victorian Parliament.

"There is a bit of heckling and yelling and a lot of interjections," she told Star News. "People are really passionate."

"It's really nerve-racking too. The first time I got up to speak I could barely say my name - the environment is very unfamiliar.

"But I love doing it. It's a great opportunity to get your opinions heard and to have decisions made.

"We're the ones who are going to be making these decisions in the future so it's important that we have our voices heard now."

Meanwhile, another ACU student, Jessica Farrell was this week introduced as the face of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

According to The Age the 21 year old arts-business student and Shepparton dairy farmer's daughter is taking a break from studies to be a model

"I'd have the gumboots on, then I'd go inside and put on my Barbie high heels," she told The Age.

"Jess is very intelligent," a Fashion Week spokeswoman added. "And she's got the perfect look for fashion right now."

ACU is holding a series of Open Days at its various campuses over the next 6 weeks.

Youth takes over Spring St (Star News, 9/8/06)
Farmer's daughter ready to bloom (The Age, 9/8/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Australian Catholic University Open Day
Victorian Youth Parliament (YMCA)
YMCA Victorian Youth Parliament (Wikipedia)
Motorola Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2006

10 Aug 2006