CPA Vice-Chairperson (2019-2020)

Hon. John Ajaka, MLC
Vice-Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee
CPA Regional Representative for Australia Region
President of the Legislative Council of New South Wales 

At the meeting of the new CPA Executive Committee in Uganda in September 2019 following the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Hon. John Ajaka, MLC, President of the Legislative Council of New South Wales was confirmed by Members of the Executive Committee to the position of Vice-Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee. 

The position of Vice-Chairperson is for a term of one year and the holder is also a Member of the CPA Co-ordinating Committee. The CPA Vice-Chairperson is chosen from within the CPA Executive Committee and the Member remains as a Regional Representative for their CPA Region.

Hon. John Ajaka, MLC has been President of the Legislative Council of New South Wales since 2017. He holds several positions at the Parliament of New South Wales including Chair of the Procedure Committee and has held several portfolios including Minister for Ageing; Disability Services; and Multiculturalism. He was also Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council. Prior to entering Parliament, he was a practicing solicitor at the New South Wales Supreme Court; and the High Court of Australia. 

Outside politics, he is an active supporter of the Rotary Club, the Lions Club and Sydney Lebanon Chamber of Commerce; a Member of Army School Cadets and Army Reserve; and interests include boxing and rugby league


The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is one of the oldest established organisations in the Commonwealth. The CPA, founded in 1911, is a membership association which brings together Members, irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, who are united by community of interest, respect for the rule of law and individual rights and freedoms, and by the pursuit of the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy. The Association is made up of over 180 Branches across the nine regions of the Commonwealth. It offers a vast opportunity for Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to collaborate on issues of mutual interest and to share good practice. 

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Updated 3 October 2019/CPA HQ