Pacific partnership moves to next stage

A visit to Fiji by Victoria’s Legislative Council President has heralded the next stage of the twinning partnership between the Victorian and Fiji Parliaments.

Law in the Time of Corona: Optimising Parliamentary Functions During Long-Term Crises

The Acting CPA Small Branches Chairperson explores the methods for optimising parliamentary functions without jeopardising the Executive’s capacity to respond effectively using the example of the Australian Capital Territory.

Complexity: Evolving Pandemic Meets Federation

The pandemic has thrown parliamentary powers into sharp relief, especially where powers are dispersed as in federations.

New Speaker Elected at Australian Federal Parliament

On 23 November 2021, Hon. Andrew Wallace, MP (Liberal National Party of Queensland) was elected as 33rd Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives, following the resignation earlier that day of Hon. Tony Smith, MP.

Appointment of the First Aboriginal Liaison Officer at the Parliament of New South Wales

It has been 12 months since the Parliament of New South Wales employed its first Aboriginal Liaison Officer, to ensure the Parliament is better placed to engage with Aboriginal communities across New South Wales.

CPA Small Branches and Disabilities

Both the CPA Small Branches and Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) networks can learn a lot from each other. In the pursuit of sustainable human development in small jurisdictions, sharing the collective experience of persons with disabilities both within and outside Parliament can be aided through the CPA and the great convening power of its networks.

New South Wales Parliament Helps Disadvantaged Communities During the Pandemic

A buzzing kitchen, delicious comfort food and a passionate, dedicated team are some of the ingredients that helped feed families in need and saved jobs during the global COVID-19 pandemic at the Parliament of New South Wales.

Reflections on Parliamentary Democracy in the Australian Parliament

As the two Presiding Officers of the Australian Federal Parliament both retire, they reflect on the challenges and privileges of their roles in Parliament.

Role of Commonwealth Parliaments in tackling the challenges of the pandemic is the focus for 2021 CPA Australia and Pacific Regional Conference in Western Australia

Commonwealth Parliamentarians came together in person and virtually to discuss the role of Parliaments in tackling the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic at the 2021 Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Australia and Pacific Regional Conference in Perth, Western Australia from 1 to 4 November 2021. Delegates attended in person and virtually from across the two CPA Regions under the theme of ‘Parliament, People and Pandemics’.

Twin Peeks: A closer look at parliamentary ‘twinning’

Parliamentary twinning is a program that pairs parliaments across the Pacific, but what does that mean in practice? Find out more in this quick overview, as we aim to keep connected to our colleagues in Bougainville and Solomon Islands, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic

Twists and Turns – Charting the Procedural Evolution of a Small Legislature

The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory writes about the Legislature's evolution.

CWP Australia Chair at 2020 Reykjavik Global Forum for Women Leaders

Senator Sue Lines represented the Australian Parliament at the 2020 Reykjavík Global Forum - Women Leaders last week. This year’s edition of the forum was a unique series of online discussions over three days that provided women leaders the opportunity to connect across sectors, hemispheres and time zones. Like so many adversities, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected women, and my contribution focussed on what our governments must do to ensure women’s progress towards economic and social equality is built into our laws and processes.