This week in Galileo we mainly focused on justice and the law. We had multiple class discussions about fairness and what is considered right in the community. We also took part in a workshop with a lady from Inner Melbourne Community Legal, who talked to us about what we are and aren’t allowed to do as young people and how to deal with certain issues we may face. On Wednesday, I went on the trail themed around Youth Homelessness and the cost of living in Melbourne as a young person. We visited Melbourne City Mission, where a lady called Belinda talked to us about homelessness in Melbourne, what it is like and why people end up on the streets. She then walked us along the river for a bit and showed us some places where homeless people have previously stayed. Later that afternoon, we looked at some real estate catalogues and found the average price of renting a house in Melbourne. We then listed what foods we thought were essential and went into woolworths to see how much they costed. Afterwards we answered some questions and discussed how hard it is to move out of home as a young person.
We continued learning about justice and the law for the rest of the week. On thursday we had an interesting class on activism and what it takes to make a difference in the world. We saw many examples of different people from all around the world protesting in different ways. I found this very interesting, especially because of the variety of ways people were getting their message across. These ways included through art, music, camp-outs, walks and protests. On friday we visited the courts where we were able to sit in on some cases and listen to the trials. I enjoyed experiencing what it’s like in the court rooms and hearing everyone speak. One of the magistrates talked to us about the courts, the system and his job which i found very interesting. Later that day when we arrived back at school we got to play a game about money and resource distribution, which i really enjoyed. The game taught us a lot about how the world’s economy works and how certain countries can gain power over others. Overall, I really enjoyed this week and had a lot of fun learning about Justice.
Critical Question Essay- Is Melbourne Fair?
The meaning of fairness is ‘treating people equally without favouritism or discrimination’. I think that this describes Melbourne very well and I therefore think Melbourne is a very fair place. To me, a fair society has a strong, unbiased justice system andeducation avaliable for everyone. Although many factors contribute to the overall fairness of a city, I believe that these points are vital.
My first point is that a fair society must have a strong, unbiased justice system. I think that this is extremely important to the society and the way it runs. This is very evident in Melbourne which has a very accomplished justice system, and is therefore one of the safest and most liveable cities in the world. After visting the court on Friday, I realised how much work goes into making sure people’s punishment’s are fair and deserving. Although some may disagree, I feel that Melbourne’s justice system is very fair and just.
Secondly, I feel that a fair society must make education avaliable to all citizens regardless of their age, race, gender, sexuality or social class. I feel that Melbourne is a prime example of a city that treats each citizen equally and with respect and rights to an education. There are many cities in the world that only make school avaliable to those who can afford it and i think it is great the australiagives everyone the right to an education.
I understand that fairness means equal opportunites for everyone, through a fair justice system and a strong education system. Therefore, i believe that Melbourne is a very fair place. 🙂