Brad Battin is a former policeman and Bakers Delight franchisee who now represents the area of Gembrook in the Victorian State Parliament.
Brad was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to talk to Telstra Exchange about his phone, his favourite apps and a secret appreciation for teen heart throb Justin Bieber (not sure if any polling has been done on that issue, very divisive).
Sure can, it was an old 018 number. During the digital change they added the number four, I changed phone number for first time in this role. I Miss my old number.
I have a massive mix, some for walking, some for running and some for relaxing. I have Adele, Billy Idol, Bruno Mars, Eagles, Rocky soundtrack (to listen to prior to entering Parliament), Green Day, Pink, Robbie Williams and my secret tracks from Justin Bieber.
I use the Foxtel App to record shows when not home, weather apps, PTV (Public Transport Victoria) to arrange my train travel, Geelong Cats to keep me up to date with the club but my favorite app is Tripit, an app to arrange your travel itinerary. The app is very smart and helps with planning. We used it to its full ability on a recent trip to Japan and completed all of the meeting, travel and accommodation details on the app.
A phone is essential in Parliament, I can keep up emails, phone calls, texts and calendars. Communication with my office and constituents can take time, having the iPhone on the run makes this much easier.
During a sitting week there are many hours when you can’t sit at a desk but having an iPhone I can sit anywhere and read emails that are awaiting a reply. I would struggle without it.
Having been involved in many community activities I need to be able to communicate and quickly review items, or look up further information that may assist in a meeting etc. The iPhone has the ability to search the Internet at the touch of a button. This is very handy and using Telstra, most of the areas I travel have enough coverage to search Google for more information.
The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Telstra.
Anthony Bieniak has held a wide range of jobs across his short working life, from cricket umpire to stacking fresh produce at a local supermarket in his hometown of Berwick, about 45 minutes south east of Melbourne.
He discovered his love for the online marketing industry whilst managing rock and roll bands at Melodic Music, and spent some time at a Melbourne PPC advertising agency before taking his current position as a junior at Euro RSCG Australia, currently on contract at Telstra.
Other recent projects included Social Media Management at the Melbourne Aces baseball club and working as part of Clem Newton-Brown‘s successful 2010 election campaign.
Anthony is a big fan of Bruce Springsteen and a few bands that sound like him (The Gaslight Anthem and The Hold Steady), authors like Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson, and the following sporting teams:
When he’s not working, you’ll probably find him at a cafe in Melbourne with a copy of the Age and a Cappuccino.
He also likes it when people email him (firstname.lastname@example.org), hassle him on Twitter (@bienie) or read his blog
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