CPA Queensland Branch hosts 27th CPA Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar with Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth

The 27th Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar has opened today hosted by the CPA Queensland Branch at the Parliament of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia from 5 June to 11 June 2016. Australia was one of the founding members of the CPA in 1911.

The CPA Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar was officially opened by His Excellency Hon. Paul de Jersey AC, the Governor of Queensland with a ceremony held at Parliament House in Brisbane. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, Hon. Peter Wellington MP and Mr Akbar Khan, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) both gave speeches of welcome at the seminar’s opening ceremony. The ceremony also had an indigenous welcome to Queensland, Australia by community leader Aunty Carol Currie and an indigenous dance performance by the Excelsior dancers.

Hon. Peter Wellington MP, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Queensland Parliament said: “Our Queensland branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is honoured to be able to host the CPA Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar this year. Opportunities like this seminar allow us to learn from each other about what other ‘Westminster’ parliaments are doing, what they are not doing, the reasons for adopting particular practices and Standing Orders, and to ventilate issues in a professional and collegial way.”

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Akbar Khan said: “I am pleased to welcome delegates to the 27th Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar on the theme of Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy. The gathering of Members of Parliament at the seminar represents the diversity of the Commonwealth, the CPA and its Parliaments and we are delighted to be hosting this seminar with the CPA Queensland Branch at the Parliament of Queensland.”

The 27th Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar will see participants from a wide cross section of CPA Branches including: Cameroon; Fiji; Haryana; India; Jersey; Meghalaya; Mpumalanga; Namibia; New South Wales; New Zealand; Nigeria; North West Commonwealth Sub Branch (South Africa); Pakistan; Punjab, India; Quebec; Queensland; Sikkim; Singapore; South Australia; United Kingdom; Western Australia.

The CPA Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar delegates were hosted by His Excellency Hon. Paul de Jersey AC, the Governor of Queensland and Mrs Kaye de Jersey at a reception held at Government House, Queensland.

Participants in the seminar will benefit from a number of presentations, workshops and sessions by leading experts in the field of parliamentary strengthening and governance. Sessions will be held on a wide variety of topics including: The Evolution of the Commonwealth and the Role of the CPA; The Evolution of Parliamentary Democracy and the Political Scene in Australia; The Member of Parliament, the Party and Policy; Parliamentary Committees and the Importance of Scrutiny; Parliamentarians’ Role in Tackling Domestic Violence; Parliament, the Member and the Media; The Parliamentarian’s Role in Implementing Sustainable Development Goals.

Ahead of the CPA Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Akbar Khan visited the Queensland Branch of the CPA at the invitation of Hon. Peter Wellington MP, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Queensland Parliament. The Secretary-General visited three local schools in Brisbane as part of the CPA Roadshows tour with local Members of Parliament and gave an address in the Legislative Council Chamber at the Queensland Parliament to members of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) Queensland Branch, members of the United Nations Association of Australia Queensland Branch, university students, Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff. 


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