Page 4867 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 1 November 2017

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ANU internship program

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (5.46): Over the last three months my office has had the privilege of participating in the ANU internship program. The program matches ANU students with parliamentary offices, embassies, NGOs, think tanks and industry organisations to undertake a research topic over the course of one semester. The hosting organisation is able to nominate a topic of research which will assist them in their future operations, and the ANU student receives valuable experience, networking opportunities and, importantly, a subject’s credit for their efforts.

My office played host to Jacob from August to October this year. On exchange from the UK, Jacob has not only contributed valuable knowledge to our office; he also taught us how to respond when a Brit asks you: “Y’right?” Jacob is studying sustainability and environmental management, and during his time in my office he undertook a research project on waste management in the Belconnen town centre, a subject close to my heart. Jacob devised a research methodology for the collection of survey information in the town centre and proved himself to be a great sport when he repeatedly went to the town centre to ask strangers their thoughts on waste management in the area. He was able to collect valuable information on people’s attitudes towards waste and their ideas to improve waste management in the town centre.

Jacob’s final report provides an analysis of the results and identifies specific areas where we could improve waste facilities, such as the locations where people tend to congregate to smoke and which would benefit from butt bins. Jacob has made several recommendations to help keep the town centre beautiful and to improve the options for environmentally friendly waste disposal. Jacob’s report will help to guide my own priorities for improving waste management in the town centre and will be a valuable resource as an insight into community attitudes and expectations. I look forward to sharing it with the relevant ministers.

I would like to publicly thank Jacob for all of his hard work during his time in my office, and for the high quality report he has produced. I also extend my thanks to ANU for the wonderful intern showcase they held last Thursday evening. To wrap up the semester, the university coordinated an evening to meet different interns who participated in the program throughout the year. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet a very wide range of students who had many stories to tell about their internship experiences. The ANU internship program is a fantastic opportunity to connect with an ANU student who is able to undertake research in a relevant policy area. I commend this program to any other members who may have a research need. I would happily participate in the program again in the future.

Ginninderra District Girl Guides

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (5.49): The Ginninderra District Girl Guides operate from the guide hall located in Walhallow Street in Hawker, and the district serves guides from the suburbs of Aranda, Belconnen, Bruce, Cook, Hawker, Higgins, Holt, Macquarie, Page, Scullin and Weetangera, all located in my electorate of Ginninderra.

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