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Mr Probyn's talk helped students to ground their understanding of political issues in real Australian and world examples.

Mr Probyn's talk helped students to ground their understanding of political issues in real Australian and world examples.

By Ella Hemmings and Brendan Barry, Year 12 students

The Radford College community is incredibly fortunate to have professional parents willing to give up their time and energy to develop the learning outcomes of Radford students.  

Mr Andrew Probyn, ABC Political Editor (and father of Jonti and Clancy Probyn, Years 9 and 7 respectively), kindly did exactly that by agreeing to speak with our two Year 12 Legal Studies classes on the afternoon of 7 June.

This semester, as part of our Politics and the Law elective, we have been exploring fundamental political concepts such as power, authority and legitimacy, in a range of contexts and at a variety of levels with our Legal Studies teacher, Mrs Gregory. Having developed an understanding of the local, national and international dimensions of political activity, we found Mr Probyn’s presentation gave us the chance to not only ask a variety of questions but also to ground our understanding in real Australian and world examples.  

The question-and-answer styled presentation was broad in scope, encompassing the merits of compulsory voting, the current political discourse around gender in Australian politics, prime ministers from both sides of the political spectrum, the game-changing national and global impact of President Trump in the Oval Office, and the dynamics and tensions surrounding Australia’s relationship with China and the United States of America.  

Our sincere thanks to Mr Probyn for providing us with his insight into the complexities of working in the political arena, as well as the role that journalists perform in documenting and analysing these processes.

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