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Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG)

Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG)

The Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) is a politically non-partisan body which was established in 1978 to encourage and stimulate research, writing, teaching and discussion about parliamentary institutions, particularly those in Australasia and the South Pacific. The ASPG has Chapters in all States and Territories of Australia and in New Zealand.

Membership consists of parliamentarians, parliamentary officers, academics, teachers, journalists, students and other interested individuals.

 

Australasian Parliamentary Review

The Australasian Parliamentary Review is the ASPG's official journal and is published twice a year.
 

ASPG Annual Conference

The ASPG holds an Annual Conference hosted by the Australasian parliaments on a rotational basis.

Next year's Annual Conference is being hosted by the Queensland Parliament from 18 to 20 July 2018, with the theme of 'Trust in Parliament in a post-truth world'.

 

Annual General Meetings

The most recent Annual General Meeting of the NSW Chapter of the ASPG took place on Thursday 29 November 2018 at 2.30 pm in the McKell Room, Parliament House.

The main purposes of the meetings are to elect members to the NSW Chapter's Executive Committee and to discuss the Chapter's activities for the current and coming years.

Please note, only ASPG members may attend the AGM.


Seminars and presentations

In November and December 2019 the NSW Chapter of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) will be hosting a number of special events.

The first event will see a former speaker of the European Parliament, Mr Pat Cox talk about the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and its implications for the Union and its members. The talk will also consider what the EU will look like after Brexit and future EU-Australia relations.

This will be followed by a talk delivered by Professor Rodney Smith, current President of the Australian Political Studies Association. Professor Smith's talk will address the current state of democratic engagement in Australia and elsewhere and discuss how people with a stake in parliamentary democracy might respond.

The focus then turns to the issue of civility in politics. The Hon Ron Dyer and the Hon Kevin Rozzoli, two former long-serving members of the NSW Parliament, will deliver a session that reflects on the current state of political discourse, what is meant by civility in politics, and how the rules and frameworks of Parliament can be used to ensure civil discourse.

To conclude a screening of the film Peterloo will be shown in the Theatrette. The film is an account of the Peterloo massacre which saw a number of pro-democracy activists killed at a protest in Manchester in 1819. The film will be introduced by Professor Kirsten McKenzie FAHA, Department of History, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney, who will examine the consequences of Peterloo in the British colonies, including Australia.

Event times and details are as follows:

  • Former President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox, on Brexit and future EU-Australia relations – 1 pm to 2 pm, Tuesday 12 November, Macquarie Room
  • Democracy and Citizen Engagement in Uncertain Times – 1 pm to 2 pm, Thursday 14 November, Macquarie Room
  • Civility in Politics – 1 pm to 2 pm, Friday 22 November, McKell Room
  • Screening of Peterloo – from 5 pm, Tuesday 3 December, Parliamentary Theatrette. 

Please note, most ASPG-hosted presentations are only open to ASPG members. If you would like to become a member, you can download the ASPG membership form or contact the Secretary/Treasurer.


Membership

Membership of the NSW Chapter costs $45 per year and entitles you to:

  • online access to the Australasian Parliamentary Review (two issues per year) 
  • discounts to attend the ASPG Annual Conference and other ASPG events
  • priority to attend seminars, presentations and other functions hosted by the NSW Chapter.


To become a member, complete the ASPG Membership Form 2019-20.docx.

For further information or to RSVP to events please contact Alex Stedman, Secretary/Treasurer, Australasian Study of Parliament Group, NSW Chapter
Address: Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000
Telephone: 02 9230 2798
Email: alexander.stedman@parliament.nsw.gov.au