Previous Parliament Friendship Groups

Parliamentary Friendship Groups for the 43rd Parliament Register

 

Amnesty International Parliamentary Group (AIPG)

Contact Persons:
Senator Claire Moore – 02 6277 3447
The Hon Judi Moylan MP – 02 6277 4171
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young – 02 6277 3430
Mr Rob Oakeshott MP – 02 6277 4052

The AIPG was formed in 1973 and has been recognised in every Parliament since. The goal of the AIPG is to promote the cause of human rights as enshrined within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. 


The Parliamentary Antarctic Alliance

Contact Persons:
The Hon Julie Collins, MP
Mr Andrew Wilkie, MP

The Parliamentary Antarctic Alliance (PAA) is a forum where where concerns can be raised, information communicated to all members and to the public, and events hosted to raise awareness of Antarctica.


Parliamentary Friends of Arthritis (PFA)

Contact Persons:
Senator Carol Brown – 02 6277 3336
Senator Rachel Siewert – 02 6277 3587

The purpose of the Parliamentary Friends of Arthritis (PFA) Group is to allow members to gain an understanding of the issues and concerns within the community about arthritis and related conditions and to receive updates on the social and economic impacts of these conditions as well as clinical information regarding research and disease management. This will enable members to make a more informed response to inquiries from constituents and to participate in local public discussion about the impact of arthritis in the community.

The PFA also provides access to materials, brochures for use in local media and electorate offices, information about government funded programs, and meets once or twice a year at Parliament House for discussions on the latest arthritis research, treatment and care.


Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Disease (PGARD)

Contact Persons:
Senator Lisa Singh
Mr Russell Broadbent MP

The Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Disease (PGARD) will enable Parliamentarians to come together to raise awareness of, and to help stop the burden of asbestos related disease. 


Parliamentary Friendship Group for Asthma (PFGA)

Contact Persons:
Senator Trish Crossin – 02 6277 3777
Dr Andrew Laming MP – 02 6277 4258
Senator Guy Barnett – 02 6277 3603
Ms Jill Hall MP – 02 6277 4492

The PFGA enables first hand communication of issues and concerns within the community about asthma and related conditions to be provided to Senators and Members. It also allows a forum to access materials brochures, information on government programs and the latest asthma research treatment and care.


Parliamentary Friends of Autism

Contact Persons:
Ms Laura Smyth MP
Senator Gary Humphries

The aims of the group are to promote an understanding of Autism and awareness of the difficulties facing those affected, their families and carers. 


Parliamentary Friends of Aviation Group

Contact persons:
Mr Ed Husic, MP
The Hon Sussan Ley, MP

The purpose of the Parliamentary Friends of Aviation group is to enable members to understand the challenges facing aviation in Australia, providing a forum in which to propose ways to address these concerns.


Brain Tumour Awareness Group (BTAG)

Contact Persons:
Senator Catryna Bilyk – 02 6277 3349
Senator Scott Ryan – 02 6277 3483

The BTAG aims to educate and empower the broader community with regard to brain tumours by increasing awareness and understanding of the health issues and effects of brain tumours to politicians and community leaders, liaising with medical experts and researchers working this field, and providing a forum for discussion and dissemination of information on associated items of interest.


Parliamentarians Against Child Abuse and Neglect (PACAN)

Contact Persons:
Senator Catryna Bilyk – 02 6277 3349
Senator Helen Kroger – 02 6277 3404

PACAN seeks to raise awareness of the incidence of child abuse and neglect to all Federal Parliamentarians in the Commonwealth of Australia.

It provides a forum to further understand the mitigating causes and to hold discussion with the relevant stakeholders in an endeavour to address the social and economic costs of child abuse.


Parliamentary Friendship Group Crohn's and Colitis

Contact Persons:
Bernie Ripoll MP
Andrew Laming MP

The goal of the Crohn's and Colitis Parliamentary Friendship Group is to raise awareness about Crohn's and Colitis amongst parliamentarians with the aim of improving community understanding of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), its effects on sufferers and the search for a cure.


Parliamentary Friends of Disability Group

Contact Persons:
Senator Sue Boyce
Senator Carol Brown
Senator Rachel Siewert

The purpose of the group is to raise awareness amongst Parliamentarians of some of the issues faced by people with disabilities, their families and their carers.


Parliamentary Friends of Dyslexia (PFD)

Contact Persons:
Mr Craig Thomson MP – 02 6277 4460
Mr Rob Oakeshott MP – 02 6277 4052

The PFD aims to provide information a forum for Senators and Members to discuss research and issues related to dyslexia. It support efforts to provide assistance for people living with dyslexia.


 

Parliamentary Friendship Group for Early Literacy

Contact Persons:
The Hon David Bradbury MP – 02 6277 7360
Senator Marise Payne – 02 6277 3810

Early literacy skills developed in children from birth are vital for attaining competency in reading and writing at school. The Parliamentary Friendship Group for Early Literacy is designed to raise awareness of the importance of these early literacy skills.


Parliamentary Friends End-of-Life-Care Group (PFELCG)

Contact Persons:
Senator Claire Moore – 02 6277 3447
Ms Nola Marino, MP – 08 9725 2300

The PFELCG was established to inform Senators and Members of the Commonwealth Parliament on the issues surrounding palliative care. The group meets with specialist palliative care providers who have specialist knowledge, skills and expertise in the care of patients, their families, carers and communities.


Parliamentary Friends Group for Eye Health and Vision Care (PFGEHVC)

Contact Persons:
Dr Andrew Laming MP – 02 6277 4258

The goal of the PFGEHVC is to promote the cause of eliminating preventable blindness by 2020 in Australia and overseas.


Parliamentary Liaison Group for the Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)/ Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) (PFFASD/FAS)

Contact Persons:
Dr Sharman Stone MP – 02 6277 4477

The PFFASD/FAS seeks to disseminate accurate information about FASD and FAS to Senators and Members, act as a forum for policy discussion among Senators and Members, to promote awareness of FASD/FAS in the wider community, and to give FASD/FAS the status of a recognised disability in Australia to facilitate better funding and delivery of services.


Parliamentary Heart Foundation and Stroke Foundation Friendship Group

Contact Persons:
Ms Jill Hall MP
Mr Ken Wyatt MP

The Parliamentary Heart Foundation and Stroke Foundation Friendship Group aims to raise awareness of the issues of heart and stroke disease whilst at the same time considering strategies to reduce heart disease and stroke.


Parliamentary Liaison Group for HIV/AIDS, Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections

Contact Persons:
Senator Louise Pratt
The Hon Teresa Gambaro MP

The objectives of the group are: to disseminate accurate information to Senators and Members on HIV/AIDS, BBVs and STIs; to act as a forum for policy discussion among Senators and Members on HIV/AIDS, BBVs and STIs; and to provide feedback to Senators and members on opinions and concerns raised by community groups and constituents on HIV/AIDS, BBVs and STIs.


Parliamentary Friends of LGBTI Australians (PFLGBTIA)

Contact Persons:
The Hon Warren Entsch MP – 02 6277 4088

The PFLGBTIA provides feedback for Senators and Members on the opinions and concerns of LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) community groups and constituents and a forum to meet and interact with LGBTI community groups and constituents. It disseminates information to Senators and Members, acts as forum for Senators and Members to discuss LGBTI issues, and promotes the fair and equitable treatment of LGBTI Australians and their families. This is the first attempt of its type to establish a group of Members and Senators to establish a Parliamentary Friendship Group to foster positive relations between parliamentarians and the LGBTI community.


The Parliamentary Friends Group for the Lung Foundation Australia (PFLFA)

Contact Persons:
Ms Jill Hall MP – 02 6277 4492
Dr Mal Washer MP – 02 6277 2114

The Parliamentary Friends Group for the Lung Foundation Australia (PFLFA) aims to raise awareness of the issues around lung disease whilst at the same time considering what strategies can be used by Governments to support programs to reduce the incidence of lung disease and related health issues.


Parliamentary Friends of Medicines Group

Contact Persons:
Mr John Alexander MP
Mr Shayne Neumann MP
Senator Richard Di Natale

The Group provides a non-partisan forum for Senators and Members to meet and interact with medical experts, patients and representatives of the medicines industry to discuss medical developments and health issues important to constituents.


Parliamentary Friends of Men's Sheds Group

Contact Persons:
Mr Mark Coulton MP
Mr Chris Hayes MP

The aim of the Parliamentary Friends of Men's Sheds Group is to promote social inclusion and education among men in every local community. Men's Sheds play an important and practical role in connecting men with their communities, dealing proactively with men's health issues, and they give men a healthy sense of ownership of a very worthwhile project.


Parliamentary Friends of Mental Illness (PFMI)

Contact Persons:
Ms Amanda Rishworth MP – 02 6277 2293
Senator Gary Humphries – 02 6277 3446

The primary objectives of the PFMI are to improve awareness and understanding of mental health issues that affect federal electorates and helping parliamentarians be effective in supporting their constituents who are affected by mental illness.


Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism (PFM)

Contact Persons:
Ms Maria Vamvakinou MP – 02 6277 4249
Mr Russell Broadbent MP – 02 6277 4233

The PFM aims to celebrate and acknowledge multiculturalism and the benefits it has brought to this nation. In doing so the group aims to so encourage the Government to re-focus on future directions. 


National Student Leadership Forum Parliamentary Group (NSLFPG)

Contact Persons:
Senator Claire Moore – 02 6277 3447

The NSLFPG exists to support the aspirations and aims of the National Student Leadership Forum, which has been organising these forums since 1997. The NSLF is an annual event that provides an opportunity for discussions around the significance of faith and values as foundations for effective leadership.


Parliamentary Friendship Group for Organ and Tissue Donation (PFGOTD)

Contact Persons:
Ms Gai Brodtmann MP - 02 6277 4811

The aim of the PFGOTD is to promote awareness for organ and tissue donation through Parliament and through Members' and Senators' electorates.


Parliamentary Friends of Parkinson’s (PFP)

Contact Persons:
Senator Carol Brown – 02 6277 3336
Ms Joanna Gash MP – 02 6277 4357

The primary objective for the PFP is to support the work of Parkinson’s Australia in improving funding for services and broaden research and awareness for people living with Parkinson’s.


Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (PGPD)

Contact Persons:
Senator Claire Moore – 02 6277 3447
Dr Mal Washer MP – 02 6277 2114
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young – 02 6277 3430

The Mission of the PGPD is to support the empowerment of women and girls through a commitment to gender equality and the advancement of women as set out in the ICPD Programme of Action and reaffirmed by the Millennium Development Goals. The Objectives of the PGPD are to engage members of the Australian Federal and State/Territory Parliaments in supporting and promoting women’s human rights and empowerment in the Asia Pacific region; in particular their sexual and reproductive rights.


Parliamentary Friends of Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

Contact Persons:
Maria Vamvakinou MP
Ken Wyatt MP(Co-Convenors)

The Parliamentary Friends of Raising Breast Cancer Awareness aims to raise international awareness about breast cancer among young adults, particularly amongst men.


Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League

Contact Persons:
Senator the Hon. Matt Thistlethwaite
Senator Marise Payne


Parliamentary Friends of Science

Contact Persons:
The Hon Richard Marles, MP
Ms Karen Andrews, MP

The Parliamentary Friends of Science has three key goals. Firstly, to enable a meaningful dialogue between scientific leaders and parliamentarians about the science that underpins policy and to inform political debate. Secondly, to provide a forum for eminent Australian and visiting scientists to engage with parliamentarians. Thirdly, to provide a mechanism for parliamentarians to seek expertise from scientists in relevant disciplines.


Parliamentary Friends of Seniors and Ageing (PFSA)

Contact Persons:
Ms Jill Hall MP – 02 6277 4492
Mr Steve Irons MP – 02 6277 4337

The PFSA aims to raise awareness of issues relevant to seniors and older Australians whilst at the same time considering the impact of an ageing population and developing strategies for the future.


Parliamentary Friendship Group for Small Business

Contact Persons:
Ms Gai Brodtmann MP
Mr Scott Buchholz MP

The Parliamentary Friendship Group for Small Business is designed to enhance the parliament’s relationship with the small business community at the national and local level.


Parliamentary Friendship Group for Sustainable Cities

Contact persons:
The Hon Bernie Ripoll, MP
The Hon Kevin Andrews, MP

The Parliamentary Friendship Group for Sustainable Cities will work together towards building an Australia which is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable and embraces developments in building sustainable, more active cities.


 

Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving Australia Group

Contact Persons:
Mr Geoff Lyons MP


Parliamentary Friends of Women in Science, Maths and Engineering

Contact Persons:
Ms Kelly O'Dwyer
Ms Amanda Rishworth MP

The aim of establishing this group will be to promote with parliamentarians and the wider community the role and achievement of women in the areas of science, maths and engineering; to encourage more women to consider careers in the areas of science, maths and engineering; and, to connect women in science, maths and engineering with their local parliamentarian in order for them to better understand their respective roles.


 

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