I was recently appointed to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security which oversees Australia’s intelligence agencies, reviews national security bills, and conducts regular statutory reviews into the nation’s security legislation.
This appointment is in addition to my committee roles in Communications; Employment, Education Training; and Environment and Climate Change. This is a huge workload for a first-term parliamentarian, but I am loving it – it also makes the most of my prior policy experience in the Education and Communications, and professional experience in the law, industrial relations and on the NBN Board.
In that capacity, as well as my capacity of Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Germany and Parliamentary Friends of the EU, I recently travelled to Brussels and Berlin for a few days, to meet with representatives of NATO, the European Parliament, European Commission, German Parliament, German Foreign Affairs Ministry, the OECD and other civil society groups to discuss the wars in Ukraine and Israel, as well as cyber security, artificial intelligence, as well as trade, data and digital regulation.
I have posted to Facebook and LinkedIn about these visits and their outcomes, please follow me there.