International Program News

Australia-Germany relationship soars to new heights

The President of the German Bundestag, Professor Norbert Lammert, has led a successful nine-day German delegation to Australia

Swiss President of the Council of States visits Brisbane and Sydney

The President of the Council of States in the Swiss Parliament, Mr Hannes Germann, has visited Australia to boost parliamentary ties.

ASEAN’s emerging leaders gain a positive insight into modern Australia

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Australia relations, ASEAN parliamentarians have been given the opportunity to meet and share ideas with members of all three tiers of Australian Government.

Australia-Turkey ties strengthened

A delegation of Turkish parliamentarians led by Speaker Cemil Çiçek has spent a week in Australia discussing issues of mutual importance such as the plans to commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.

Peru delegation explores Latin links down under

A parliamentary delegation from Peru has participated in the Latin America Down Under Conference as part of an official visit to Australia.

A friend indeed, says Malaysian delegation

A delegation of Malaysian MPs and Senators has made an official visit to Australia, reinforcing the strong partnership between the two national parliaments.

Indonesian visit boosts parliamentary links

Staff of the Indonesian House of Representatives have visited the Australian Parliament to discuss ways in which community engagement with parliament can be encouraged.

Art gift celebrates ASEAN partnership

The Australian Parliament has donated an Indigenous artwork to the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the partnership between Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Australia-New Zealand parliamentary partnership reinforced

New Zealand Speaker David Carter has made an official visit to Australia, reinforcing the strong cross-Tasman partnership between the two national parliaments.

Action needed on child soldiers and human trafficking

Members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, representing 164 parliaments around the world, have called for parliaments, especially in countries experiencing armed conflict, to amend legislation to prevent and punish those who recruit children to become child soldiers. Passed at the IPU’s 130th assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland, the resolution focused on the protection of children, particularly migrant children, during conflict.

Korean Speaker leads delegation visit

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and House of Representatives Speaker Bronwyn Bishop have met with the Speaker of the Korean National Assembly Kang Chang Hee during the visit of a Korean parliamentary delegation to Australia.

Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum held in Mexico

The 22nd Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) has been held in Mexico from 12 to 16 January.

Australian Parliament takes note of Pacific support projects

The first ever annual statement on the Australian Parliament’s major parliamentary capacity building programs in the Pacific has been tabled in both houses of parliament.

Aung San Suu Kyi makes first visit to Australian Parliament

Chairperson of the National League for Democracy, Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, has visited the Australian Parliament in Canberra, touring the Senate and House of Representatives Chambers with Senate President John Hogg and House of Representatives Speaker Bronwyn Bishop.

Regional workshop discusses modern Pacific parliaments

Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships (PPP), an initiative of the Parliament of Australia, brought together representatives from 13 parliaments from the Pacific region at a workshop in Nuku’alofa, Tonga on 7 and 8 November 2013 to discuss how parliaments in the Pacific can address their evolving role in representing their communities.

Parliaments Demand Zero Tolerance on Chemical Weapons

The Inter-Parliamentary Union, comprising national parliaments from across the world, has called on its 163 members  to condemn the use of chemical weapons.

Lao delegation visits Parliament House

A delegation from Laos visited Parliament House on the 10 September to learn about the roles of the Australian parliament and Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) in auditing and financial reporting and the respective responsibilities and relationship between the two.

Australia’s Governor-General applauds Pacific partnerships

The Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships program is “one of the best examples anywhere in the world of parliaments cooperating and working together,” Australia’s Governor-General Quentin Bryce has told Australian and Pacific Presiding Officers and Clerks at a reception she hosted in their honour in Canberra.

Australian and Pacific parliaments renew partnerships

Representatives of 19 Australian and Pacific parliaments have met in Canberra and renewed their commitment to a parliamentary twinning program that has helped to strengthen parliamentary democracy in the Pacific region.

Pacific parliamentarians investigate climate change responses

Parliamentarians from Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa and Tonga are investigating responses to climate change as part of a study visit to Australia. Sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme, the study visit is focusing on ways in which Pacific parliamentarians can engage with climate change issues as part of their legislative, representative and oversight roles.

ASEAN delegates build closer ties

South-East Asian parliamentarians have used a recent visit to Australia to learn more about its political processes and education system.

Tanzanian MPs study parliamentary services

A parliamentary delegation from Tanzania visited Parliament House on 18 and 19 April 2013 to discuss the services provided to Australian parliamentarians in the course of carrying out their parliamentary duties.

European Parliament delegation visits Australia

A delegation of Members of the European Parliament recently visited Australia to learn of Australian practice and build relationships with their Australian parliamentary counterparts.

Tongan Speaker’s study visit a sound investment

While in Australia recently new Tongan Speaker, Lord Fakafanua, the youngest presiding officer in the world, investigated many aspects of parliamentary technology including the Australian Parliament’s sound and vision systems.

Samoan parliamentary manual launched

The Samoan Legislative Assembly has launched its first ever parliamentary practice and procedure manual as Samoa celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence.

Myanmar Speaker seeks closer ties with Australia

Speaker of the Myanmar parliament’s upper house (the Pyidangsu Hluttaw or House of Nationalities) has called for closer cooperation between the Australian and Myanmar parliaments during his first ever visit to Australia.

Australian senators scrutinise Georgian elections

Two Australian senators were part of an international team of election observers to the recent parliamentary elections in Georgia which unseated the incumbent government of President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Historic Myanmar parliamentary visit to Australia

The Speaker of Myanmar’s House of Representatives (the Pyithu Hluttaw), Thura U Shwe Mann, has led an historic visit to Australia – the first by a parliamentary delegation from Myanmar.

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