Monash graduate Philip Dalidakis: another prominent Parliamentary Internship story

In an era of privatisation, reform and regulation, 2000 Monash University graduate Philip Dalidakis had an ardent interest in the political process.

Already invested in the political scene on campus, Philip bridged the gap between academic theory and practice as an Intern in the Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program.

Before, Philip ‘had been political in regards to thoughts, terms and ideologies but not actual process.’ The Internship Program presented Philip with the perfect opportunity to build on his political passions and gain a first-hand experience of Australian politics.

The Program, open to 3rd year politics students at Monash, allows Interns to write a substantial public policy piece guided by a Member of Parliament. Under the supervision of MP David Davis, Philip’s piece explored regionalism and trade regulation in Victoria.

Philip has maintained his participation with the Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program, supervising Monash Arts/Law student Henry Coates-Doyle. Henry comments, ‘the Internship Program offers students a great opportunity to meet and learn from talented, like-minded people whether they be students, academics, parliamentary staff or politicians.’ Henry’s piece sets out to explore GST distribution and its economic and social remit.

For many Interns, the Internship is a stepping stone to other political positions. Since his time as an Intern Philip has worked as a senior energy advisor in the Bracks government, and more recently as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Conroy in the Gillard government. Philip is now the Member for Southern Metropolitan Region in the Victorian Legislative Council, elected in November 2014.