Commonwealth Legislative News: Australia

Historic Speech by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Presentation of the Parliamentary Leadership Taskforce Annual Report, Death of Sitting Member: Peta Jan Murphy and Death of Former Member and Governor-General, Hon. Bill Hayden, AC. Also includes Parliamentary Reports from the CPA Australia Region and the Third Reading report.

Examining the History of One of the Longest Established Public Accounts Committees in the Commonwealth

Celebrating 162 years of existence on 28 August this year, the following is a potted history of the establishment and successive iterations of what is now the Tasmanian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

Taking Youth Engagement Seriously: A Case Study from the Parliament of Victoria

If Parliaments don’t engage with young people, that’s over a third of the population that aren’t part of the conversation. Having young people as part of the conversation can only positively extend into their adult lives as these foundational experiences carry them through. In this article, I will share what we’ve learnt from young people, and what young people have told us through our youth engagement work at the Parliament of Victoria.

Out of Order: Managing Unparliamentary Language in the Australian House of Representatives

In the Australian House of Representatives (the House), the use of unparliamentary language is governed by Standing Orders relating to Disorder. The Standing Orders outline the following instances of Disorder:

Defining Parliamentary Intention and Purpose: An Australian Perspective

A former Chief Justice of Australia writes about the separation of powers.

New South Wales Parliament Reaches Historic Milestone with First All-Female Parliamentary Committee

The Committee on Children and Young People at the Parliament of New South Wales has marked a historic milestone as the first-ever all-female Parliamentary Committee. The appointment of an all-female membership to an important oversight Committee is an example of pioneering women lawmakers progressing women's roles in the state Parliament.

What Were They Thinking? Defining Parliamentary Intention and Purpose: An Australian Perspective

I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles on the Three Branches of Government in this issue of The Parliamentarian. I do so from an Australian perspective on the separate but interacting functions of the Parliament and the Judiciary in making laws and interpreting them.

Cook Islands Speaker Visits Western Australia Parliament as Part of CPA Twinning Programme

The Speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament, Hon. Tutai Tura visited the Parliament of Western Australia in September 2023. The Cook Islands Speaker was welcomed by the President of the Western Australia Legislative Council, Hon. Alanna Clohesy, MLC and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Hon. Michelle Roberts, MLA then met with Parliamentary Clerks and staff, toured Parliament House and observed question time in both Chambers.

MPs from Solomon Islands and Bougainville visit New South Wales Parliament

Commonwealth Parliamentarians from the National Parliament of the Solomon Islands and the Bougainville House of Representatives visited their counterparts at the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia in October 2023 as part of an ongoing twinning programme between the Legislatures.

Focus on representation for the future and youth engagement at 40th CPA Australia and Pacific Regional Conference in Queensland

Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across two CPA Regions have come together to discuss the importance of youth engagement in Parliaments at the 40th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Australia and Pacific Regional Conference in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from 1 to 3 November 2023.

Commonwealth Parliamentarians highlight strong parliamentary institutions for peace and stability at 147th IPU Assembly in Angola

The IPU Assembly focused on the theme of ‘Parliamentary action for peace, justice and strong institutions’ (SDG 16) with Speakers and Members of Parliaments discussing the role of Legislatures in promoting a resilient and peaceful world. The President of the National Assembly of Angola, Hon. Carolina Cerqueira welcomed delegates to Luanda.

Levelling the Playing Field for the Territories in Australia

A rarely passed Private Member’s Bill - The Restoring Territory Rights Bill – was introduced in the Australian Federal Parliament in 2022 which aims to restore the rights of self-determination to the people and Parliaments of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Northern Territory (NT). The two Federal Members of Parliament who co-sponsored the Bill explain its impact.