14 April 2010
Federal MP engages Public Relations students
Federal MP Kelly O’Dwyer with second-year Public Relations students.
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The newest member of Federal Parliament, Kelly O’Dwyer, visited RMIT University Public Relations students last week to share some insight into the world of politics.
The visit formed part of the course “Apply Government Systems”, which students complete in their second year of the Advanced Diploma of Public Relations.
The course provides students with an understanding of government systems and the implications of communications between politicians and their constituents.
Ms O’Dwyer engaged the students by speaking about her journey into politics and what it means to be a politician.
She discussed her responsibilities as a federal MP and the importance of being accessible and accountable to the people who elected her.
“It is important to make sure we understand all the different issues which affect different pockets of the electorate and that we look for ways to address these,” she said.
“Being across a range of issues and showing empathy is critical to this job.”
Students responded enthusiastically to the presentation and followed up with some probing questions.
“It is gratifying to have leading politicians interacting with our students in a forum that encourages robust dialogue and stimulating ideas, fostering real-world learning experiences for our students,” Caryl Hertz, Industry Group Manager, Business TAFE School, said.
Ms O’Dwyer was elected to the House of Representatives for Higgins in Victoria, at a by-election in December. The by-election was called following the resignation of former Federal Treasurer Peter Costello.