The Politics and Law students and student councilors were treated to a fantastic opportunity to meet one of Western Australia’s most distinguished senators in the federal parliament, Dean Smith. Dean Smith is a member of the Liberal Party and the Australian senate since 2012. He was the first openly LGBTI member of the Parliament of Australia from the Liberal Party and has supported same-sex marriage in Australia since 2014. Dean Smith is currently the Chief Government Whip in the senate in Canberra. He explained his role in the senate and how the bicameral parliament system works. He emphasised the tricky role of politicians to bring together personal conviction and public pressure. It was a fascinating insight into a core member of the Australian parliament. Special thanks to Alex Temby for organising this visit and providing our students with another opportunity to meet a politician.