Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers begin their 26th Conference in Canberra

THIS WEEK, Senator Sue Lines, President of the Senate, and Milton Dick MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives, will welcome the attendees to the 26th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) at Australian Parliament House.

This biennial conference aims to strengthen parliamentary institutions by bringing together Speakers and Presiding Officers.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our parliamentary colleagues from the Commonwealth to Australian Parliament House,” President Lines said. “As we emerge from the pandemic, we will look to strengthen our relationships and learn from each other to ensure that our debates and parliamentary processes continue to be robust.”

Delegates will attend workshops and plenaries on topics relating to their roles as Presiding Officers, including the pandemic, security, e-parliaments, and the central role Presiding Officers play in leading innovation. This will be the first CSPOC to be held in three years.

“The last few years have taught us that things can change very quickly, and the role of parliamentary institutions has been reinforced. It is so important for us to work together and learn from one another,” Speaker Milton Dick said.

The first CSPOC was held in Canada in 1969. The program for CSPOC 2023 is available on the website.



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