On Friday 15 February 2013, Madame Speaker, Miss Simpson, came to our school and talked to us about the government and how it works. She first started to talk about her position in the government and what she does.
Her position is the Speaker and what she is called to the meeting to make sure everything is under control and nothing gets out of hand. For example: say someone, (even Tony Abbot) is arguing and not listening to her, she is allowed to send him or her out of the meeting for either an hour or the whole day.
Miss Simpson says that if someone gets called out for a day it means that they weren’t cooperating at all and refused to go out for an hour. Miss Simpson said in the past a lot of the speakers got murdered, (probably from the people that got angry for being called out) but there hasn’t been a murdered speaker for many years now, so she isn’t that scared. Miss Simpson says that sending someone out of the meeting is not the only part of her job. She also has to get up really early in the morning and go to bed really late at night and do lots and lots of paperwork. Sometimes when she is really tired and has lots of paperwork to do she has a substitute to fill in for her.
When it was near the end of the talk, Miss Simpson answered questions from us. Someone asked her if she has a substitute when she is sick or on holidays. Miss Simpson said she did have a substitute but usually uses this person when she has lots of paperwork to do as she doesn’t have holidays during meeting days.
Miss Madame Speaker taught us a lot about the government and how it works, answered our government questions and honored us in her presence.
Alexis White, 6M