It was my great pleasure along with many other members of this house and the President to yesterday attend the Victorian Parliamentary Internship 2017 Graduation Ceremony held in Queen’s Hall.
I know that some members of this house have had the pleasure of being interns themselves during its 27 years and it would be remiss of me if I didn’t single out the president for his ongoing support and enthusiasm for this program.
The student appreciation was evident when student after student made comment that this was the best thing that they had done at university and for some during their short lives.
For me and my staff the event had even greater significance as the ceremony included our own intern Benjamin Maltby, from Melbourne University.
Ben worked as an intern for my office, completing an excellent report titled Powering Western Victoria which explored alternative energy options for south-west Victoria.
Ben was awarded the Presiding Officer’s Prize for most outstanding Melbourne University Internship Report for 2017. Ben's enthusiasm, dedication and conscientious hard work during this time was second to none, resulting in a practical, useful and detailed report that he should be very proud of.
Well done Ben, it has been a pleasure to be part of this experience with you.