English - John Button School Prize
The Melbourne School of Government is proud to announce the John Button School Prize for 2017. The Prize is a $2500 award for a Victorian student in years 10-12 and under 19 years of age. A further $2000 is given to the winning student's school.
The Prize was created to encourage young Victorians to express their ideas about Australian politics and public policy. The subject might be Australia’s population, climate change, reconciliation with Indigenous Australians, water, asylum seekers, education, health, or the state of the Arts.
These topics are just a guide; the choice of subject is up to the student writer. The judges want to see clear thinking, enlivened by a sense of passion about Australia’s future.
Please apply online through the Faculty of Arts web page. More details on the John Button School Prize can be found on our website.
John Button was a Victorian Senator for 19 years and Federal Minister for Industry and Commerce between 1983 and 1993. Respected on both sides of politics, he was also a sparkling writer, whose three books and many essays and articles made an important and often amusing contribution to Australian life. In 2016 this well-regarded prize was transferred to the Melbourne School of Government. We are proud to carry on the legacy of John Button.
The Melbourne School of Government is a whole of Melbourne University interdisciplinary school, bringing together expertise from various disciplines, including, but not limited to, economics, political science, international relations, sociology, development studies, philosophy and law. Visit the Melbourne School of Government website for more information.
We encourage you to enter two students from your school. The closing date for the John Button School Prize is Monday, 26 June 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact us using the information below. We look forward to reading the entries from your students this year.