Premier’s visits delights Murdoch students and staff

August 31, 2015

Premier Colin Barnett addresses the Murdoch community

Premier Colin Barnett addresses the Murdoch community

With the words, “It’s a fascinating life and if anyone is thinking about going into politics —whichever political philosophy you might follow — I urge you to do so. It’s an extraordinary way of life,” The Honourable Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia inspired the next generation of future leaders at Murdoch University.

The Premier visited the South Street campus to address members of the Murdoch community, with the event attended by hundreds of University staff and students, who filled the Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre to listen and engage with Mr Barnett.

The Premier talked on his journey from university student to leader of Western Australia, drawing on his role as parliamentarian, experience as the Minister for State Development and Science, and Premier of Western Australia, describing everyday as “inherently interesting”.

“I still find it quite surprising that every morning that of the 2.6 million people in Western Australia, how did I get to number one?” continued Mr Barnett.

“I really don’t know how that happened, probably good luck and grasping at opportunities when they’re there.”

The Sir Walter Murdoch School (SWMS) of Public Policy and International Affairs invited the Premier to campus to enable Murdoch University students and staff the opportunity to have a discussion session.

"The Sir Walter Murdoch School is all about connecting our students with the highest levels of policymaking,” said Professor Benjamin Reilly, Dean of the SWMS.

“So having Premier Barnett coming to talk to them on campus is a great opportunity to meet, probe and ask questions of one of Australia's most successful political leaders."

During the informative hour-long session, the Premier entertained the audience with his quips, and at the conclusion of his address, opened up during an informal question and answer session, satisfying those in attendance.

“I found it really special that the Premier gave us the time and chance to answer our questions,” said Franziska, Development Studies student at the SWMS.

“I found it very interesting that he answered all the questions very openly and comprehensively and took the time to engage with us students. It was very interesting and special.”

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