Building Strong and resilient Parliaments is the focus at 52nd Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference for Pacific and Australia Regions in Solomon Islands

Parliamentarians from the Pacific and Australia Regions have focused on building strong and resilient Parliaments at the 52nd Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference (POCC), hosted by the National Parliament of Solomon Islands in Honiara from 2 to 6 July 2023. More than 50 Presiding Officers, Speakers and Clerks from 18 Parliaments in the Pacific and Australia Regions attended the conference including Australia Federal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Vanuatu, Bougainville, Tuvalu, Tonga, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and the Australian State Parliaments.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Parliament of Western Australia Celebrates Commonwealth Day 2023 with Australian Senate President

At the Parliament of Western Australia, Hon. Shelley Payne, Member of the Legislative Council held a special event to mark Commonwealth Day with the Parliamentary Friends of the Commonwealth group

26th CSPOC: Professional Development Training for New Members of Parliament and Staff

In this article for The Parliamentarian, I would like to share some thoughts about training for new Members of Parliament and their staff and provide examples of the new approaches that have been adopted in Australia. It is timely that I write on this topic. In May 2022, Australia’s federal election saw eight new Senators and 35 new Members of the House of Representatives elected to the 47th Parliament of Australia.

Speakers Meet in Australia for the 26th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth to Discuss Parliamentary Engagement, Innovation and Security

Speakers and Presiding Officers from across the Commonwealth have met in Australia for the 26th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) which took place from 3 to 6 January 2023. Delegates from more than 30 Commonwealth Parliaments were hosted by the Senate of Australia’s President, Hon. Sue Lines and the Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives, Hon. Milton Dick, MP.

Education is a Key Focus for Parliamentary Twinning as New South Wales Members Visit Solomon Islands

The CPA Vice-President, Hon. Matthew Mason-Cox, MLC lead a delegation from the Parliament of New South Wales to the National Parliament of Solomon Islands for discussions about parliamentary practice and procedure and education for young people. The President of the New South Wales Legislative Council was welcomed by the Speaker of the Solomon Islands Parliament, Hon. John Patteson Oti. The New South Wales delegation included Hon. Aileen MacDonald and Hon. Rod Roberts, MLC from the Legislative Council and Hon. Stephen Bali, MP and Hon. Melanie Gibbons, MP from the Legislative Assembly.

October 2022-2023 Budget

In March 2022, Appropriation Bills were introduced into the House of Representatives, but lapsed, having not passed before the dissolution of the House prior to the general election.

Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Several commemorative activities marked the death of Her Majesty and the accession of the new monarch, King Charles III. These included a 96-gun salute on 9 September, and a ceremony on the Forecourt of Parliament House at 11.00 am on 11 September, at which the Governor-General read the Proclamation regarding His Majesty The King