CPA Secretary-General visits Queensland Branch and delivers CPA Roadshows to young people in Australia

Ahead of the 27th CPA Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has visited the Queensland Branch of the CPA at the invitation of Hon. Peter Wellington MP, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Queensland Parliament.

During his visit to Queensland, Australia, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association gave an address in the Legislative Council Chamber at the Queensland Parliament at the invitation of the Speaker. The specially invited audience included members of the United Nations Association of Australia Queensland Branch, members of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) Queensland Branch, university students, Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff.

The Secretary-General also attended a meeting of the Executive Committee of the CPA Queensland Branch at the Queensland Parliament Building with the Speaker.

The CPA Secretary-General accompanied by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Hon. Peter Wellington MP and the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Neil Laurie visited three local schools in Brisbane as part of the CPA Roadshows tour of Queensland.

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Akbar Khan said: “As the CPA approaches its 105th year, we are delighted to bring the CPA Roadshow to Australia for the first time and to present the Roadshow to the Members of the Queensland Parliament and to the local community in Queensland. This initiative shows the enduring relevance of the CPA to introduce innovative new initiatives to strengthen democratic accountability and good governance. I am delighted to visit the Queensland Branch of the CPA and to see the important work that they are doing in upholding the enduring values of the CPA.”

Hon. Peter Wellington MP, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Queensland Parliament said: “We are delighted to welcome the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to Queensland. It has been fantastic to accompany Mr Akbar Khan on the CPA Roadshows to local schools and watch his very interactive discussion with students.”

At Lourdes Hill College in the local electorate of Bulimba, the Secretary-General, the Speaker and the Clerk met with a group of senior girls who asked questions about global affairs and democracy. The Secretary-General delivered a CPA Roadshow to a group of over 200 year 10 students at Queensland Academy of Maths, Science and Technology in the electorate of Mount Coot-tha where he spoke about the Commonwealth and the importance of young people in its future. The Secretary-General delivered a final CPA Roadshow to over 100 students at Cavendish Road State High School with a small number of students from Whites Hill State College also attending from the Greenslopes electorate. The final CPA Roadshow was also attended by Mr Joe Kelly MP, the local Member for Greenslopes.

With the Commonwealth’s 53 member countries having a combined population of more than 2 billion, of which more than 60% are under 30 years of age, the CPA Roadshows aim to engage with young people and education establishments to promote democracy. 


CPA Roadshows provide an opportunity for young people to discuss issues of concern about their society and democracy, to meet local Members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff and to find out about the work of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the wider Commonwealth.

To view images of the CPA Queensland Branch visit and CPA Roadshows please click here.

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