Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


New Zealand Speaker and Clerk visit Australian Parliaments

New Zealand Speaker and Clerk visit Australian Parliaments

Speaker the Rt Hon David Carter and the Clerk of the House Mary Harris will be in Australia next week as guests of the Australian Parliament to meet with colleagues in the Australian Federal, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales State Parliaments.

As well as meeting with fellow Presiding Officers and Clerks, the visit programme will include discussions on parliamentary broadcasting, accessibility issues for members and persons with disabilities, members’ attendance and parental leave, information management, and members’ professional development. The Speaker and the Clerk will also give a joint presentation on recent developments in Parliamentary Privilege in New Zealand to the New South Wales chapter of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group.

While in Canberra, the Speaker will also visit the Australian National War Memorial to lay a wreath of behalf of the New Zealand Parliament. He will also meet with the New Zealand High Commissioner, HE Chris Seed.

The Speaker recently hosted his counterpart the Hon Bronwyn Bishop in Wellington, but this will be his first bilateral visit to Australia since taking up his role.

“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to visit a number of Parliaments in Australia. Exchanges of this kind serve to strengthen ties between parliaments and enhance relationships between countries. Australia is our closest international friend and ally, and while there is much that our Parliaments have in common, there remains much we can still learn from each other.”

The Speaker’s Australian visit runs from 23 - 28 March.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news