When Disasters Strikes it is Essential for Commonwealth Parliaments to be Prepared

Lessons from the CPA Small Branches Workshop on Disaster Risk Management

CPA Vice-Patron and President of Ghana urges Commonwealth Parliamentarians to re-commit to the values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter at 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

The Vice-Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana, has urged Commonwealth Parliamentarians to work together to uphold democratic principles and the values of the Commonwealth as he opened the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (66th CPC) for over 500 delegates in Accra, Ghana.

History is Calling: Is Australia Prepared to Answer

As Australia prepares to hold a referendum on establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament, the President of the Australian Senate examines how the 10th anniversary the Commonwealth Charter provides an opportunity to reflect on its progress and to ask if it meets the diverse needs of the Commonwealth’s citizens

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.

Commonwealth Legislative News: Australia


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.

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).

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