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Twinning Partnerships

Twinning Partnerships

What is twinning?

Twinning Map​

Australian and Pacifc Parliaments that belong to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) ​participate in a twinning program that provides the opportunity to enhance relations, exchange information and learn from each other. The concept of twinning is similar to the ‘sister city’ relationships that exist between cities of different countries. Every Australian state and territory parliament is twinned with one or more parliaments in the Pacific region.

The national parliaments of Australia and New Zealand provide an overall coordination role for the twinning program, which was established in June 2007.

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​We are twinned with Solomon Islands and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville

​The New South Wales Parliament has a partnership arrangement with the parliaments of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (the Bougainville House of Representatives) and the Solomon Islands (the National Parliament of Solomon Islands).

The New South Wales Parliament Twinning Steering Committee coordinates all activities undertaken under the twinning agreement. The committee comprises representatives of the three parliamentary departments.

The Twinning Steering Committee can be contacted at twinning@parliament.nsw.gov.au.

Our current activities are the latest development in a long tradition of participating in training and development projects aimed at supporting parliamentary democracy elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Latest news and events​ ​

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​An 'insightful, educational and wonderful experience': Attachment of Jean Sahu from NPSI

Between 3 and 28 October 2017, the Parliament of NSW had the privilege of hosting Ms Jean Sahu from the National Parliament of Solomon Islands Procedure Office.

Of her stay, Jean reflected that she had 'gained a lot of knowledge regarding skills and procedure. In turn, I feel I can carry out my job in the Solomon Islands Parliament with much more confidence and put the skills which I have learnt here to good use when I return home'.

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CPA Australia

National Parliament of Solomon Islands

​Autonomous Region of Bougainville House of Representatives

'Twinning bilong yumi': 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the twinning agreement

This year the twinned parliaments celebrate a successful 10 year partnership. The first of several events to celebrate the anniversary took place in Buka, Bougainville on 15 June 2017, coinciding with the annual 'ABG Day' which marks the establishment of the Autonomous Bougainville Government in 2005.

 

Twinning bilong yumi commemorative publications now available

Commemorative celebrations continued in October 2017 with the launch of a commemorative exhibition, booklet and video at the CPA Australia and Pacific Regional Conference.To learn more about key activities undertaken between the three Parliaments over the past 10 years:

Read our commemorative booklet, Twinning bilong yumi: 10 years of parliamentary twinning

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View ​photographs of the CPA Australia and Pacific Regional Conference and Hot Topics seminar

View the papers presented at the CPA Australia and Pacific Regional Conference

​View photographs of twinning celebrations at the 48th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference, July 2017

View the papers presented at the 48th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference, July 2017