Commonwealth Heads of Government to meet in Samoa in 2024

The Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa, and the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, have announced that the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held in Apia, Samoa, beginning on 21 October 2024. CHOGM – customarily held every two years – is the Commonwealth’s primary political meeting.

Vanuatu MPs visit Queensland Parliament as part of parliamentary twinning

The Acting Speaker of the Queensland Parliament, Mr Joe Kelly, MP, welcomed a delegation of Parliamentarians from Vanuatu led by the 2nd Deputy Speaker,  Jack Kalmet, MP on 8 June 2023.

Commonwealth Legislative News: Australia

New Members, Budget Debate and Dictionary Launch at Parliament of Australia, as well as Parliamentary Reports from the CPA Australia Region and the Third Reading Report.

President of Ghana becomes CPA Vice-Patron ahead of the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

The President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo has agreed to become the Vice-Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association for 2023, ahead of the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference due to be hosted by the Parliament of Ghana and CPA Ghana Branch from 30 September to 6 October 2023 in Accra, Ghana. Since 1989, the Vice-Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has traditionally been the Head of State or Government of the CPA Branch hosting the forthcoming annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.

Queensland hosts regional sitting of Parliament in Cairns

The Queensland Parliament hosted its 6th Regional Sitting of Parliament in Cairns, in the far north of the Australian State from 9 to 11 May 2023. Regional Sittings of Parliament are hosted away from Brisbane, the state capital, giving people from other parts of the State the chance to experience democracy in action. A full parliamentary sitting week was held in Cairns, alongside other events including school visits, Youth Parliaments, a free community breakfast and sports sessions.

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Chairperson speaks about gender equality in Parliaments and women’s leadership at 13th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting in The Bahamas

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network, Hon. Zainab Gimba, MP (Nigeria) highlighted the positive impact of women’s leadership at the 13th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting in Nassau, The Bahamas, from 21 to 23 August 2023.

New CPA Vice-President visits CPA Headquarters

The new CPA Vice-President, Hon. Ben Franklin, MLC, President of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, visited the Headquarters of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in London where he met with the CPA Chairperson, Hon. Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP, the CPA Secretary-General, Stephen Twigg and the CPA Deputy Secretary-General, Jarvis Matiya

Disaster Risk Decision-Making on the Agenda for Commonwealth Politicians at CPA Workshop for Small Parliaments

Members of Parliament from 13 small Parliaments in the Commonwealth attended a workshop on disaster risk management organised by the CPA’s Small Branches network and the Institute for Hazard, Risk and Resilience at Durham University

Australia Marks 35th Anniversary of Parliament Building

The 35th anniversary of the opening of Australia’s Parliament House occurred on Tuesday 9 May 2023. That date is significant because it is also the date of the very first sitting of Australia’s Parliament, at the Exhibition Building in Melbourne (9 May 1901), and that of the opening of the provisional (‘Old’) Parliament House (9 May 1927).

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Executive Committee meet to discuss key governance agenda in Gibraltar

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Executive Committee have met for their Mid-Year Meeting in Gibraltar to discuss key governance issues and planning for the year ahead.

26th CSPOC: Reconciliation for First Nations Peoples in Australia

The President of the Australian Senate writes about the importance of Parliament in the reconciliation process.

New South Wales Parliament Welcomes the Governor to Celebrate Commonwealth Day 2023

To mark Commonwealth Day 2023, the Parliament of New South Wales welcomed the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, and members of the Commonwealth Day Council to Parliament House, where Her Excellency delivered His Majesty King Charles III's official Commonwealth Day message.