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.

CPA Tasmania and Samoa Branches cement their twinning partnership with clock unveiling in new Parliament Building