International Program News
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.
Public accounts cooperation with Indonesia
The Australian parliament’s Public Accounts and Audit Committee is assisting its newly established counterpart in the Indonesian parliament develop the skills needed to effectively scrutinise government expenditure.
Pacific parliaments set priorities for community engagement
Eleven parliaments from the Pacific region have agreed on priority actions to better engage with their communities and constituents in a bid to strengthen democracy in their countries.
Italian connections encouraged
At a time when Mandarin has overtaken Italian as the second most spoken language in Australian homes, a delegation from Italy has visited Australia to boost parliamentary ties and reaffirm community links.
Multiculturalism impresses visiting Sheikh
The Chairman of the Iraq Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Sheikh Humam Baqir Hammoodi, has commented favourably on the strength of Australia’s multicultural society following a visit to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth in May.
Australian parliament supports Myanmar needs assessment
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is urging the international community to ensure it provides the necessary support to the country in its transition to parliamentary democracy after 50 years without a representative legislative body.
ASEAN encourages Australia to get personal
Building trade and people-to-people links between the Association of South East Asian Nations and Australia was the focus of ASEAN delegation which recently visited the Parliament of Australia.
Global parliamentary report released
A report that examines the relationship between citizens and parliaments has been released by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the global association for parliaments to which 162 parliaments currently belong.
Reaching out for community connection
The Australian Parliament recently hosted a community outreach workshop for Pacific Parliaments to assist with developing new strategies, media skills and sharing ideas on how to engage their communities with the work of their parliaments.