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If you have a burning question about writing your speech or the competition itself, you might find the answer here. But if you don't, then feel free to contact us!

  1. How long should my speech be?
    The video of your first speech should be no more than 90 Seconds in length.

  2. What sort of issues should I talk about?
    It is up to you but remember that as a Member of Parliament you are representing the people in your electorate. For this reason, it would be a good idea to choose a topic that is of interest or concern to your community.

  3. What should I wear?
    As a representative of your community, you should dress appropriately for a broad, family audience. Please avoid wearing commercial logos, brands or slogans on your clothing.

  4. Is there anything I can't put in my speech/video?
    Your speech/video must be all your own material. The videos of your first speech may be posted online for public viewing, so for your own protection, avoid mentioning your full name or provide any identifying information in your speech. Your speech must be appropriate for a family audience therefore, swearing, sexual content or hateful remarks will result in elimination.

  5. What sort of camera should I use?
    Use a camera that can capture a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels or more. Most iPhones and Android phones are more than suitable for this purpose. When using a phone make sure it is held sideways so it records your video in widescreen format.

  6. Do I have to use a microphone?
    Don't forget this is a speech competition so it is important we can hear you. Place either a separate microphone or the one on the camera as close to you as possible when recording your speech. If you are unsure, run some tests first to see if your speech can be heard.

  7. Can someone else present my speech on video?
    The purpose of this competition is to write and deliver your own speech. Although you are welcome to get help with this task, there can only be one winner. This is the person who writes and delivers the speech and is named as the sole entrant on the entry form.

  8. What is a transcript?
    A transcript is a written version of your spoken words.

  9. Can I email my video?
    You can email your video directly to comps.reps@aph.gov.au, as long as it is smaller than 30mb. Don't forget, to be eligible for the competition we still need signed copies of your competition forms. If your video is too large to email, you can use Dropbox, Google Drive or a similar free file sharing service.

  10. Can I incorporate music or titles into my video?
    No. We only want to see/hear your speech.

  11. Who can enter the competition?
    Any Australian student enrolled in year 10, 11 or 12 is eligible to enter the competition. However, anyone under the age of 18 is required to provide written consent from a parent or guardian in the relevant section of the Consent and Release Agreement.

  12. How are winners chosen?
    Entries are first shortlisted by staff from the Department of the House of Representatives using the Judging Criteria, the shortlisted entries are then given to the judging panel who make the final decision. A winner from each year group will be chosen for the 2023 competition.