At the first seminar Exercising Government through Parliament, we were pleased to hear from Hon Grant Robertson representing the Prime Minister and Hon Judith Collins MP. Familiar faces but in different roles included Kieran McAnulty MP now Chief Government Whip and Matt Doocey, MP Senior Opposition Whip and Hon Michael Wood, Minister of Transport.

Angie Warren Clark MP shared her perspectives on the MMP environment and Simon O’Connor MP on the work of select committees. Two new Members of Parliament, Karen Chhour ACT List member and Shanan Halbert, Labour-Northcote shared their experiences on moving from private citizen to a public figure role as parliamentarians and the difficulties and challenges that had meant for them.