Last week began with a CIS event called ‘Think Drinks’ with Kristina Keneally as the guest speaker. Kristina is a former Australian politician and Premier of New South Wales. She gave a very engaging speech about tips to succeed in life, the importance of first impressions and her experience in Parliament. The event was full of lots of young business people from various business backgrounds all over NSW, providing a great opportunity for networking and interesting discussions.
The following day, Sara and I headed into the city for a radio interview with ‘Counterpoint’ on ABC. Sara was discussing the Prime Ministers ‘Closing the Gap’ speech as well as her current research into Indigenous businesses and programs. The conversation touched on misleading statistics, how when averaged -rates such as education and life expectancy – are conveyed as lower than in reality. I find interviews such as these very beneficial to my internship experience as they provide real insight into key issues.
I also found time to do some writing last week. I wrote an ‘IDEAS’ piece for the CIS’s weekly newsletter titled ‘Close the accountability gap in Indigenous Affairs’. In this piece I discussed how government expenditure is being wasted on programs that aren’t researched properly as well as how accountability and private sector thinking would lead to more results and less waste.
On the weekend I spent some time exploring the Sydney Harbour and completed the cliff top costal walk from Coogee to Bondi. This week is my last week with CIS and I am very sad to be leaving.