The LIP ventured to Sydney on 8 June for a full day visiting both Infrastructure Australia and the Parliament of NSW. Peter Colacino, Chief of Policy and Research at Infrastructure Australia, Carmen Pennisi, Manager - Policy (Place & Regions) and Jonathan Cartledge, Director, Policy & Research generously hosted the group for a presentation on Infrastructure Australia’s role including current challenges: sustainability strategy, skills shortage constraints, the housing crisis and the shift to renewable energy. All amidst a frequently changing political landscape.
The group learned about Infrastructure Australia’s well-developed frameworks, processes, data sources, tools and models and gleaned further leadership insights from the interactive presentation. Hayley Rodd delivered the vote of thanks on behalf of the group, noting the key take aways.
In the afternoon at the Parliament of NSW, the LIP enjoyed attending Question Time in the Legislative Assembly where they saw first-hand how this part of the legislative process unfolds with topical and challenging questions asked and answered. This was followed by a tour of Parliament and finally a leadership discussion hosted by The Hon. Peter Poulos, Member of the Legislative Council and Parliamentary Secretary for Wollongong and the Illawarra, Paul Scully, Member for Wollongong and guest Lee Evans, Member for Heathcote.
The LIP appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day workings of the Parliament of NSW and learn about the challenges and achievements our hosts have experienced in their political careers. Rob Bruce delivered the vote of thanks, acknowledging the staff who made the visit possible and the lessons learned from this unique opportunity.
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