MPs to attend Study of Parliament Conference in Perth
New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Perth
Members of Parliament H.V. Ross Robertson and Paul Goldsmith will take part in the Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) Annual Conference in Perth Western Australia from 2 – 4 October.
The ASPG seeks to encourage and stimulate research, writing and teaching about parliamentary institutions in Australasia and the South Pacific in order to generate a better understanding of these institutions. Each State and Territory of Australia, as well as New Zealand, constitutes a chapter of the ASPG, and the organisation is politically non-partisan.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon David Carter, said that the ASPG was useful in providing a general forum at least once a year for interaction between academics, staff and members of Parliament, as well as helping to contribute to the process of reform and improvement of parliamentary institutions and the legislative process.
“The ASPG Annual Conference allows New Zealand members of Parliament to exchange knowledge and ideas and to engage in healthy discussions with our close colleagues in Australia, and I am confident our two Members of Parliament will have an active participatory role at the conference”.