Just recently I had the pleasure of speaking to the UN Youth Parliament. They were here in Canberra for a range of sessions and attended a number of the sessions at Parliament House.
It is inspiring to see so many young people interested and engaged in national and international affairs. These were truly some of our best and brightest. I talked with our UN Youth Parliament representatives about my time at DFAT and in parliament, and we discussed the valuable work done by the United Nations.
What really impressed me was there is an understanding of how the UN and other multilateral bodies provide a country like Australia with opportunities to get more airtime and influence— airtime and influence that is out of proportion to our population and economic size.