Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, was pleased to host the inaugural Pearce Young Leaders Forum at Clarkson Community High School yesterday with special guest, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Students from the Pearce electorate came from far and wide to discuss leadership, share ideas, and connect with other young leaders.
“What a great first Pearce Young Leaders Forum,” Mr Porter said.
“I would like to thank the students for their enthusiastic participation – there were some very well thought out questions that were put to the Foreign Minister and I.
“I hope that the Forum showed them there are many ways to be a leader, not only in the community but in their day to day life.”
During the Forum Minister Bishop spoke about what it was like meeting world leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin. Minister Bishop was also asked which global leader had most inspired her.
“I met Aung San Suu Kyi in 1995 before I went into Parliament when she was campaigning for freedom and democracy for the people of Burma (now Myanmar),” Minister Bishop said.
“I can hardly believe that in my lifetime I’ve seen Aung San Suu Kyi go from a political prisoner to the leader of her country – it is hard to find someone more inspirational.”
The Pearce Young Leaders put many questions to Mr Porter and the Foreign Minister including how the Government is creating more jobs for young people, how to deal with conflict and those things that make a good leader.
Speaking at the Forum, Mr Porter said that part of being a good leader is about finding your passion.
“If I can offer you one piece of advice – find out what it is that you love, what you are passionate about, be brave and just go for it,” Mr Porter said.
“People will see your passion, your enthusiasm, and those traits are the foundations of great leadership.”
The following Pearce schools attended the Pearce Young Leaders Forum:
Bindoon Catholic Agricultural College
Mindarie Senior College
Northam Senior High School
Clarkson Community High School
Peter Moyes Anglican Community School
Joseph Banks Secondary College
Swan Valley Anglican Community School