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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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