House debates

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Statements by Members

Clark, Mr Darian

1:48 pm

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I will take the member for Hasluck up on that offer. For the last 11 weeks, I have been lucky enough to host Darian Clark in my office as part of the Australian National Internship Program. Darian is studying a Masters of Globalisation at the ANU and throughout his placement has been writing a paper assessing the potential for a workable international agreement to regulate the use of cyberweapons.

Examining the possibility of a multilateral cybersecurity framework has been a longstanding interest of mine, so I was delighted to find in Darian a bright and eager intern, fully capable of this task. But it is not just been cybersecurity that has been occupying Darian's time in my office. He has also: cooked a barbecue at a Save Medicare rally at Old Parliament House; set up and helped run a community forum at the Tuggeranong 55 Plus Club; mastered the art of turning on the camera; experienced the joys of large-scale electorate mail-outs; and learnt a thing or two about constituent liaison along the way.

Today is Darian's last day, so I wanted to take this opportunity to thank him for his excellent work. It has been an absolute pleasure having you, Darian, as part of our team, and I wish you all the best for your bright future and look forward to keeping in touch. To my fellow members, I strongly urge you to consider hosting an Australian National Internship Program intern. It has been a really worthwhile program for us and I am looking forward to hosting more interns in the future.