44 parliamentary interns graduate

Intern web1Graduation day has been held at Parliament House for the 2019 Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program.

This year’s program saw 44 parliamentary interns from five universities complete research reports in consultation with Members of Parliament.

The participating universities this year were: University of Melbourne, Monash University, Australian Catholic University, La Trobe University and Swinburne University of Technology.

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One parliamentary intern from each university was awarded the Presiding Officers’ Prize for most outstanding internship report. The award winners were:

  • Nick Parkinson from the University of Melbourne, for his research report titled Caring for Carers: How the Victorian Government can improve respite care’s accessibility for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) carers of older people, prepared for Dr Tien Kieu MLC (Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region)
  • Laura Woodbridge from Monash University, for her research report titled Forced adoption: recognition, support and reparations, prepared for Mary-Anne Thomas MP (Member for Macedon)
  • Georgia Bishop from the Australian Catholic University, for her research report titled Extending Stage 1 of the Suburban Rail Loop to Doncaster, prepared for Rod Barton MLC (Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region)
  • Rebecca Richards from La Trobe University, for her research report titled Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities in Cranbourne: Barriers to Prevention of Family Violence, prepared for Pauline Richards MP (Member for Cranbourne)
  • Jesse Forde from Swinburne University of Technology, for his research report titled A review of public transport access and patronage in Mount Waverley: growing into the future, prepared for Matt Fregon MP (Member for Mount Waverley).

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The graduation ceremony also included recognition of the internship program coordinator, Jon Breukel from the Parliamentary Library who is retiring this year after almost 30 years of service to the Victorian Parliament, including six coordinating the internship program.

The Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program has been in operation for 29 years.

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