About the speaker:

David Elliott was born in Bankstown in 1970 and was educated at Christian Community High School before completing a Bachelor of Arts in History and Asian Studies. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Master of Arts (Communication).

David was elected to the 55th Parliament as the Member for Baulkham Hills in 2011. In May 2014 he was promoted to Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Youth, Homelessness and the Centenary of ANZAC.  In June 2011 he was also elected as the Chairman of the NSW Economic Development Committee.  In 2011 he presided over the Inquiry into the NSW Parliamentary Budget Office.  He is also the Chairman of Ministerial Consultative Council on India, Secretary of Parliamentary Friends of Papua New Guinea and Chairman of the St John Ambulance Parliamentary Auxiliary.  In 2012 he was appointed Chairman of the O’Farrell’s Government’s Plumbing Advisory Council and served in this role until December 2013.

Following the re-election of the Baird Government in March 2015, David was appointed Minister for Corrections, Emergency Services and Veterans Affairs. In August 2015 David was appointed as a Member in The Order of St John. In early 2017, Premier Gladys Berejiklian appointed David to be Minister for Counter Terrorism replacing Emergency Services. He is now Minister for Counter Terrorism, Corrections and Veterans Affairs.

About the facilitator:

A broadcast journalist of ten years, Catalina Florez has covered everything from leadership spills and federal elections to bushfires and droughts. After an award-winning period in regional NSW, she moved to Sydney to cover general news but her fascination with politics lured her to Network Ten’s Canberra bureau. She covered the Prime Ministership of Tony Abbott before a leadership spill installed Malcolm Turnbull and travelled with and reported on both campaigns during the 2016 election. Catalina now heads the political bureau at NSW Parliament House where she’s already covered the leadership of two Premiers. During her career, not only has she reported on major political events but also broken stories about children in detention and the mistreatment of prisoners in the justice system. Colombian born and fluent in Spanish, Catalina has a passion for story telling.

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