Our seminar on the machinery of Government and Parliament - Taking a Closer Look held on 12 May, attracted several attendees from the first seminar, who were building on their experience and learnings from the first seminar. Following introductory comments made by Chief Executive Darryl Stevens and Peter Griffiths Board Chair, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard MP opened the seminar speaking on his role as the speaker in relation to acting as the landlord of the parliament buildings & managing the complex, chairing meetings and maintaining order in the house as well as representing the house among other responsibilities.

Following this, Gerrard Carter, Legislation Coordinator DPMC provided a Introduction to Cabinet and Cabinet Committees presentation before a visit  to select committee(s) in session where members had an opportunity to see a Select Committee in Session.

Following morning tea, a presentation from the minister's office saw Kurt McLauchlan, Senior Ministerial Advisor & Holly Donald, Deputy Chief of Staff provide an Overview of the workings of a ministerial office. Pavan Sharma, Manager House then spoke on how legislation proceeds through the House & Select Committees.

Before lunch, Philippa Bell, Director of Labour Leader's office gave a presentation on the Role of the Leaders Office where she provided an overview of the role of the unit with emphasis on nurturing & developing policy. 

After lunch in the grand hall, Gareth Chaplin, Associate Director Central Government presented on Influencing Policy, speaking on the role Government Departments play in the development and delivery of Policy. Gabor Hellyer, Principal Clerk of Committee for Justice then spoke on the purpose and role of Select Committees, making a written submission and Speaking to a Submission.

Following afternoon tea, corporate members took part in mock select committee training where corporate members had the opportunity to participate/observe proceedings for mock oral submissions. After a brief visit to the house where proceedings and the order paper of the day were viewed, the seminar finished with concluding comments followed by a closing drinks hosted by The Rt Hon Trevor Mallard MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives & President of the Trust.