The Parliamentarian 2017: Issue Four: Conference Issue

The Parliamentarian is the quarterly Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments published by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and features articles and news written by Members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff across the Commonwealth about international issues.

This issue of The Parliamentarian features reports and news from one of the largest annual gatherings of Commonwealth Parliamentarians, the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1 to 8 November 2017. This issue also features reports from the conference on: the CPA statement on the Rohingya refugee crisis; conference workshops; activities of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) at the conference; reports of the 36th CPA Small Branches Conference held prior to the 63rd CPC in Bangladesh; and the reports of the SOCATT annual meetings. The 63rd CPC took place ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the ‘Commonwealth Summit’ to be held in London, UK in April. The outcomes of the 63rd CPC, as well as a unique parliamentary perspective, will feed directly into the Summit, which is themed ‘Towards a Common Future’.

The 63rd CPC Conference Concluding Statement containing all of the outcomes and recommendations from the conference is available online at:

This issue of The Parliamentarian also highlights the unique challenges faced every day by disabled Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth and reports from a unique gathering of Members of Parliament in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in partnership with the Nova Scotia House of Assembly has held the first conference of this kind, bringing together over 30 Commonwealth Parliamentarians with disabilities, carers and parliamentary officials from eight of the nine regions of the CPA from 30 August to 2 September 2017. This issue features reports of the conference and contributions from many Members who attended the conference who share their views and experiences.

News and reports of many activities across the nine regions of the CPA are included in this issue. The Parliamentary Report and Third Reading section in this issue includes parliamentary and legislative news from Canada, British Columbia, India, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. 

We look forward to hearing your feedback and comments on this issue of The Parliamentarian, on the issues of concern to Parliamentarians across the Commonwealth and to receive your future contributions.

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