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Indonesia brings Seisa to amazing Places

Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:06


Indonesian brings Seisa to amazing places 

What started as Indonesian classes at Portland Secondary College has led Seisia Kane to the Indonesian Presidential Place on Indonesian Independence Day.


Ms Kane was one of two university students selected Australia-wide to join 32 student representatives from 18 countries at the official celebrations as guests of the Education and Cultural Attaché at the Indonesian Embassy.This amazing opportunity came as a bit of a surprise for Ms Kane who was nominated by her university and then didn’t expect to be picked to be one of the two from Australia."I was really excited, I remember I was at home in Portland at the time and I had to read it a couple of times just to make sure I was reading it right," said Ms Kane.Ms Kane’s week long trip, which also saw her visit Bali, was centred on the Independence Day Celebrations on the 17th of August. Being the 70th anniversary of Indonesia’s independence the celebrations were heightened, according to Ms Kane."It was very big, there were a lot of the military involved, lots of important people around, even throughout the streets of Jakarta it was all decorated with white and red which are the Indonesian colours."Ms Kane attended the ceremony at the Presidential Palace in one of the rare occasions it was open to a wider range of people."There was a really big ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta, which you could compare it to government house in Canberra and it’s the first time that they have opened it up to other people other than really important in Indonesia," said Ms Kane."So it was a first to have people form different countries come in and other people from around Indonesia so that was that was pretty exciting. The presidential palace itself was really impressive."After her two days in Jakarta, Ms Kane spent four in Bali where she was able to experience some more of Indonesia’s history and culture.


All of this will come as a huge benefit to Ms Kane who is about to finish the second year of a five year double degree in Indonesian and law and has aspirations in international relations. "I want to do something in Indonesian and Australian relations, so something in the government or as part of a non-for profit organisation. For my career prospects and for just contacts in general it has been really good."Ms Kane is back in Australia now but it seems only a pit-stop as she will return to to Indonesia for the fourth time in November for a three-week tour run by the Flinders University Law School.


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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.


Students ask Tough Questions

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:28



An unyielding debate in Canberra may now seem tame for Dan Tehan MP, especially compared to a forum with Portland Secondary College students.The Member for Wannon spent time with a handful of year 12 students and Student Representative Council members on Wednesday, covering topics of anti-terrorism, tertiary education and same-sex marriage, with the latter receiving a lot of attention.Year 12 student Annique Ray, 17, started the proceedings with hard hitting question, asking "Will same-sex marriage ever become law in Australia? How can we move to get it passed?"Mr Tehan played the questions with a straight bat, saying he welcomed the possibility of a plebiscite."For me I think that enabling people to have their say is a good outcome because then people, according to their conscience, can decide," Mr Tehan said.With one eye on the future, students also asked about the condition of local roads and the Commonwealth Government’s role in maintaining our motorways."The Federal Government is only responsible for two roads in our electorate: Princess Highway and the Western Highway.


Every other road is under VicRoads, or as I like to think, State Government Roads."I invite you all to write to me so that I can pass them on to the state roads minister, Mr Donnellan," he added.Mr Tehan also spoke about the Portland Bay School, noting he is working closely with state representative Dr Denis Napthine to help the school."I’m trying to be an advocate for the school and assist Dr Napthine where I can."By the end of the 30-minute session, Mr Tehan commended the students on their tough-but-insightful questions and encouraged them all to be proactive when it comes to their political views."Be involved. You are all rapidly approaching enrolment age, and I encourage you all not to make superficial choices when you vote."


secondary students ask tough questions of Tehan


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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.


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