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The role-plays are designed to teach students about the lawmaking process with a particular focus on legislative debate. All role-plays are based on bills that have been passed by the houses of the Western Australian Parliament to become acts.

A role-play can be facilitated by an education presenter on the floor of a chamber on a non-sitting day. Teachers selecting this option must allocate and prepare students for their respective speaking roles prior to attending Parliament. Your selected role-play must be included with your booking.

Alternatively, the role-plays may be performed in the classroom or you may choose to develop your own role-play based on a subject of student interest.


Animal Welfare Act 2002


How to protect animals from cruelty. Updating of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1920.
Theme: Reflects changes in attitudes to the treatment, carriage and handling of animals over the years and demonstrates the key workings of the Parliament.

Roles: 10 reading roles plus 3 non-speaking roles.

Audience: Aimed at years 5-7 with simple language and concepts.

 


Cat Bill 2011


Promote responsible ownership of cats and to protect native birds and mammals from stray and feral cats.
Theme: Simple language and concepts but more detail for the older year groups to demonstrate the key workings of the Parliament.

Roles: 18 reading roles plus 3 non-speaking roles.

Audience: Aimed at years 5-7, 8-10 and 11-12.

 


Dog Bill 2013


Introduce measures to provide greater protection for the community from stray and feral dogs and to improve controls over dangerous and nuisance dogs.
Theme: Demonstrates the key workings of the Parliament.

Roles: 17 reading roles plus 3 non-speaking roles.

Audience: Aimed at years 5-7 with simple language and concepts.

 


Sports Drug Testing Bill 2001


'A Testing Time for Athletes'
Educate individuals and sporting organisations about the implications of the use of illegal drugs in sport and protect the value of sport.
Theme: Demonstrates the key workings of the Parliament.

Roles: 11 reading roles plus 3 non-speaking roles.

Audience: Aimed at years 5-7 and 8-10 with simple language and concepts but more detail in the older year group.

 


Criminal Code Amendment (Graffiti) Bill 2009


Combat the increasing problem of graffiti by doubling the existing penalties and restricting the supply of graffiti implements.
Theme: Demonstrates the key workings of the Parliament.

Roles: 14 reading roles plus 3 non-speaking roles.

Audience: Aimed at years 5-7, 8-10 and 11-12 with simple language and concepts but with more detail in older year groups.

 


Road Traffic Amendment (Impounding and Confiscation of Vehicles) Bill 2004


‘Hoons Bill’ - Aimed at curtailing the antisocial and dangerous behaviour of certain drivers commonly known as hoons.
Theme: Demonstrates the key workings of the Parliament. Suitable for primary school students.

Roles: 10 reading roles plus 3 non-speaking roles.

Audience: Aimed at years 5-6 with simple language and concepts.

 


Road Traffic Amendment (Impounding and Confiscation of Vehicles) Bill 2004


‘Hoons Bill’ - Aimed at curtailing the anti-social and dangerous behaviour of certain drivers commonly known as hoons.
Theme: Demonstrates the key workings of the Parliament. Suitable for secondary school students.

Roles: 10 reading roles plus 3 non-speaking roles.

Audience: Aimed at years 7-12 with simple language and concepts.

 


Road Traffic Amendment (Impounding and Confiscation of Vehicles) Bill 2004


‘Hoons Bill’ - Aimed at curtailing the anti-social and dangerous behaviour of certain drivers commonly known as hoons.
Theme: Demonstrates the key workings of the Parliament.

Roles: 10 reading roles plus 3 non-speaking roles.

Audience: Aimed at tertiary and politics and law students and adult groups. Simple language and concepts with more detail, including ‘consideration in detail’.

 


Liquor Control Amendment Bill 2010 (Alcohol and Anti- Social Behaviour)


'You’re on Notice!' or 'Banned from the Bar!' - Regulate patron behaviour in licensed premises and reduce incidence of anti-social behaviour and alcohol related violence.
Theme: Demonstrates the key workings of the Parliament.

Roles: 18 reading roles plus 3 non-speaking roles.

Audience: Aimed at upper secondary students.

 

 


Constitution Amendment (Recognition of Aboriginal People) Bill 2015


Private Members bill to amend the Constitution Act 1889 (WA) to officially recognise the Aboriginal people of Western Australia as the first people of Western Australia and traditional owners of the land.
Theme: Demonstrates the key workings of Parliament but in an atypical debate that had bipartisan support.

Roles: 13 reading roles plus 3 non-speaking roles.

Audience: Aimed at upper secondary students.

 

 


"The Hottest Ticket in Town” Ticket Scalping Bill 2018


Restrict the resale of tickets to a range of events hosted in Western Australia and prohibit the use of software designed to bypass security measures on ticket selling websites.
Theme: Demonstrates the key workings of the Parliament.

Roles: 18 reading roles and 3 non-speaking roles.

Audience: Aimed at upper secondary students.

 

 


Voting with Your Feet – A Division


An immersive activity for students of all literacy levels. During the ringing of the division bell, students move to either the right or left-hand side of the chamber to indicate whether they are voting for, or against, a bill or a motion. This activity provides an opportunity for all class members to be actively involved in the legislative process and requires no prior classroom preparation.
Theme: Demonstrates the workings of the houses when a division (or vote) is called.

Roles: 3 speaking roles, plus unlimited non-speaking roles.

Audience: Suitable for all year levels.