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Twinning program

Twinning program

​​​​​48th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference – 3 to 7 July 2017​

​​​​​​Twinning activities with the National Parliament of Solomon Islands and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville House of Representatives

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 partnership arrangements are part of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s (CPA) twinning program, established in June 2007. Every Australian state and territory parliament is twinned with one or more parliaments in the Asia-Pacific region. 

National Parliament of Solomon IslandsBougainville House of Representatives

The New South Wales Parliament has received funding to support the partnership arrangements from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), under its Pacific Public Sector Linkages Program. The funding, until July 2016, allows practical support for strengthening the parliaments of Bougainville and Solomon Islands, through staff placements, secondments and other activities.

The New South Wales Parliament's current activities with the National Parliament of Solomon Islands and the Bougainville House of Representatives 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.


The Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands is a scattered Melanesian archipelago situated in the southwest Pacific Ocean, east of Papua New Guinea and approximately 2,000 kilometres to the north-east of Australia. Its landmass of 28,400 square kilometres extends over nearly 1,000 islands comprising nine main island groups. These include the Solomon Islands, Ontong Java Islands (Lord Howe Atoll) to the north, Rennell Islands to the south and the Santa Cruz Islands, about 500 kilometres to the east. The capital, Honiara, is located on Guadalcanal, which is the largest island.

The population of Solomon Islands, estimated to be around 510 000, is predominantly Melanesian (about 95%) although there are also smaller Polynesian, Micronesian, Chinese and European communities. There are 63 distinct languages in the country, with numerous local dialects. English is the official language of Solomon Islands but Solomons Pijin is the common language for the majority of people.

Solomon Islands is governed by the National Parliament of Solomon Islands. The National Parliament comprises 50 members, elected for a four-year term under a ‘first past the post’ voting system. The Prime Minister (currently the Hon Manesseh Sogavare) is elected by a simple majority of Members of Parliament. In addition to the national government, there are nine provincial assemblies, each led by a premier. The Speaker is not an elected member of the Parliament but is elected by Members of the National Parliament. The current Speaker is the Hon Ajilon Jasper Nasiu.


Twinning activities with the National Parliament of Solomon Islands

The New South Wales Parliament has participated in a number of projects to support capacity building in the National Parliament of Solomon Islands. In March 1995, the Deputy Clerk of the New South Wales Legislative Council undertook a review of the operations and administration of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands. Subsequently, the Legislative Council has been involved in phases one (2004 – 2007) and two (2008 – 2012) of the Solomon Islands Parliamentary Strengthening Project, implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) under a cost sharing arrangement between the UNDP and AusAID.

Since 2005, a number of projects have been undertaken with the National Parliament of Solomon Islands including:
    1. The placement of the Clerk Assistant – Committees with the National Parliament of Solomon Islands in October 2005 as part of phase one of the Solomon Islands Parliamentary Strengthening Project. The officer was subsequently appointed to a permanent position with the UNDP as part of the project.
    2. The secondment of staff from the NSW Legislative Council to the National Parliament of Solomon Islands in 2007, 2008 and 2009 to participate in projects concerning the Parliament’s procedure office and its committee work, and from the New South Wales Parliament’s accounts section in 2008 to participate in a review of National Parliament of the Solomon Islands financial accounting system.
    3. The secondment of officers of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands to the New South Wales Parliament in 2008 to gain experience in procedural and committee work.
    4. The attendance of members and officers of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands at courses run by the Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2008 and 2009 in which officers of the New South Wales Parliament have been involved.
    5. A review by the former Clerk of the NSW Legislative Council of the standing orders of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands in 2008.
    6. The participation of the NSW Legislative Council’s Clerk Assistant – Procedure in a Solomon Islands parliamentary committee inquiry into the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in 2009.
    7. The participation of the NSW Legislative Council’s Director – Research and Training as part of the UNDP’s Parliamentary Strengthening Project, from September to December 2009.

Activities in 2010
    1. June/July 2010 - Visit by the Twinning Project Coordinator to meet with staff of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands and plan activities under the Twinning arrangements.
    2. October 2010 – Placement of NSW Parliament Procedure Office staff with the National Parliament of Solomon Islands to assist in establishing a Procedure Office. The two experienced NSW Parliament staff, Susan Want (Director – Table Office, Legislative Council) and Jeff Page (Parliamentary Officer – Table, Legislative Assembly) worked closely with David Kusilifu, (Director Committees – Solomon Islands) to develop a secondment program for Mr Kusilifu.
    3. October/November 2010 – Secondment of David Kusilifu, (Director Committees – Solomon Islands) with the NSW Parliament's Legislative Council Procedure Office.
David Kusilifu, National Parliament of Solomon Islands, on secondment to NSW Parliament, October 2010
David Kusilifu, National Parliament of Solomon Islands,
on secondment to NSW Parliament, October 2010

    Activities in 2011
      1. February 2011 – Six staff from Bougainville and Solomon Islands (Emily Kupenga (SI), Douglas Pisi (B), Pais Otima (B), Wilson Orisi (SI), Lloyd Bera (SI) and Peter Topura (B)) stayed on after participating in the Effective Parliamentary Committee Inquiries Course for a three-day program in collaboration with the committee staff of both NSW Parliament Houses to build on the lessons learnt the previous week, and to develop practical responses to the challenges they face as committee staff in their home parliaments.
      2. March 2011 - The National Parliament of Solomon Islands priorities are focussed on establishing a Procedure Office. Jenelle Moore (LC Procedure) travelled to Solomon Islands from late March to early April to follow up on the 2010 secondment of David Kusilifu to the NSW Parliament and assist in the implementation of new systems to support the Procedure Office.
      3. March 2011 – Former National Parliament of Solomon Islands staff member, John Taupongi, engaged as a part-time Research Officer to support the research needs of the Solomon Islands parliament and the twinning project generally, while studying a Master of Laws at the University of New South Wales.
      4. June 2011 – Attachment of New Zealand Hansard Manager, Lynlee Earles, with the Solomon Islands Hansard section. The NZ Parliament uses the same Hansard system as the Solomon Islands parliament and was therefore a more appropriate source of expertise than the NSW Parliament's Hansard section. Lynlee's attachment is aimed at assisting with the implementation of the recommendations contained in an internal review of the Hansard section conducted by the UNDP/RAMSI Parliamentary Strengthening Program Manager, John Patterson, and National Parliament of Solomon Islands Director-Committees, David Kusilifu.
      5. July 2011 – Visit of the NSW Parliament Presiding Officers (Speaker, the Hon Shelley Hancock MP, and President, the Hon Don Harwin MLC) and the Clerks to the National Parliament of Solomon Islands to formally acknowledge the partnership arrangements between the parliaments.
      6. July 2011 - Attachment of NZ Parliament Hansard Manager Lynlee Earles to support management of the NPSI Hansard staff and assist with implementation of recommendations arising from the internal review of Hansard (the NZ Parliament Hansard uses the same FTR system as the Solomon Islands parliament).
      7. July - August 2011- Secondment of Florence Naesol, Deputy Clerk, and Lisi Vave, Human Resources Manager with focus on human resources policy development and implementation, and strategic planning.
      8. October 2011 – Attachment of Deborah Brown, Manager, Reference and Information Services with the NSW Parliament to assist with a review of the NPSI Library.
    Staff of the NSW, Bougainville and Solomon Islands parliaments attending a Twinning Committees workshop
    Staff of the NSW, Bougainville and Solomon Islands parliaments attending a
    Twinning Committees workshop in 2011

    Activities in 2012
      1. March 2012 - Visit by four Solomon Islands Committee Chairs (Hon Stanley Festus Sofu, Hon Selwyn Riumana, Hon Silas Tausinga, Hon James Tora) and David Kusilifu, Director – Committees. The visit included a forum hosted by the NSW Branch of the Australia Pacific Friendship Group. The visit was part of the official visits program of the Australian Parliament (the International Program).
      2. May 2012 – Secondment of Ian Rakafia, Human Resources and Strategic Support Manager, with a focus on strategic planning and human resources management to strengthen Ian's understanding of these aspects of his role (Ian was appointed in March 2012).
      3. March/April/May 2012 – Secondment of Jean Resana, Procedure Officer, to the Department of the Legislative Council's Procedure Office to fill a temporary vacancy. The secondment also provided an opportunity to build on the progress made toward the establishment of a Procedure Office within the National Parliament of Solomon Islands.
      4. July 2012 – Twinning conference held in Honiara, following the Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference
      5. July 2012 – Twinning workshop held in the week following the Twinning Conference, for staff of the three parliaments. All staff from the National Parliament were able to participate.
      6. August 2012 –Following the annual Effective Parliamentary Committee Inquiry Course (Centre for Democratic Institutions funded and hosted by NSW Parliament), four National Parliament staff were seconded to Committee offices and to Hansard – Rexford Kouto, Jefferson Hallu, Natalina Hong and Wilson Anii. The week-long secondment involved close collaboration with staff from NSW Parliament and Bougainville House of Representatives, putting into practice the lessons of the EPCIC and developing projects from home parliaments.
      7. November 2012 – Patteson Lusi and Marisa Pepa, Civic Education officers, attended Australasian Parliamentary Educators Conference in Perth, Western Australia.UNDP Parliamentary Strengthening Project primarily funded the trip, with Twinning providing accommodation assistance.

    Activities in 2013
      1. January 2013 – Clera Pita, Chief Hansard Editor and Liam Sau, Assistant Hansard Editor attended Australasian Hansard conference in Perth, Western Australia. The trip was primarily funded by the UNDP Parliamentary Strengthening Project, with Twinning providing living allowance assistance.
      2. April 2013 – Susan Want, Director Procedure (NSW Parliament Legislative Council) attached to the National Parliament for a three week period to assist with continued development of the Procedure Office and review of the Standing Orders. The attachment was funded by the UNDP Parliamentary Strengthening Project.
      3. April 2013 – Warren Cahill, CDI Associate, and Simon Johnston, Twinning project coordinator, visited the National Parliament to undertake planning with NPSI, UNDP PSP, NSWP and CDI for future activities.
      4. May 2013 – Following the annual Effective Parliamentary Committee Inquiry Course (Centre for Democratic Institutions funded and hosted by NSW Parliament), four NPSI staff were seconded to various NSW Parliament sections – Marson Lilopeza (Committees), Ignatius Talifilu (Hansard), Stephen Hachi (Media/IT), and Marisa Pepa (Education). The week-long secondment involved close collaboration with staff from NSW Parliament and Bougainville House of Representatives, putting into practice the lessons of the EPCIC and developing projects from home parliaments.
      5. July 2013 – Taeasi Sanga, Clerk of the National Parliament, attended the Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference in the Australian Capital Territory in early July, including a June 2013 visit to the NSW Parliament to meet with Clerks and Presiding Officers.
      6. July- August 2013 – Stephen Frappell, Clerk Assistant – Procedure (New South Wales Parliament Legislative Council) attached to the National Parliament for a two week period to assist with continued development of the Procedure Office, review of Standing Orders and development of a Members’ Guide to Parliamentary Privilege.
      7. August 2013 – Boniface Supa, Parliamentary Librarian, and Ray Sibisopere, Assistant Librarian, seconded to the New South Wales Parliament Library for two weeks. Actions arising from the secondment include the establishment of a Research section of the National Parliament Library.
      8. September 2013 – The National Parliament of Solomon Islands holds an annual Youth Parliament as part of its commitment to community outreach and civic education. The Youth Parliament is organised and funded through the Ministry for Women, Youth, and Children's Affairs, with the assistance of the National Parliament's Civic Education Unit. The Autonomous Region of Bougainville House of Representatives also holds Youth Parliaments. Since the Twinning project commenced in 2010, the possibility of having Bougainville and New South Wales students involved in the Solomon Islands Youth Parliament has been the subject of discussions between the Education staff from the three parliaments. As part of the 2013-2015 Twinning project, the NSW Parliament budgeted A$100,000 to allow for the participation of ten students from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in a Regional Youth Parliament, hosted in Honiara from Wednesday 25 September to Saturday 28 September 2013. Five students from New South Wales also participated, funded through sponsorship from Virgin (five return flights to Honiara) and support from the NSW Parliament branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (medical and other expenses). The ten Bougainville and five NSW students were to join thirty-five Solomon Islands students to form the Regional Youth Parliament. However, due to a failure of the then system used by the House of Representatives to facilitate official travel, only one Bougainville House of Representatives staff member was able to participate, to the great disappointment of all involved – especially the ten Bougainville students who had been selected following Youth Parliaments within Bougainville. The five New South Wales students were selected following the State Constitutional Convention, held in June 2013. Thirty students selected for the National Constitutional Convention held in Canberra in 2014 were invited to submit an application for selection to attend the Regional Youth Parliament. More than twenty applications were received, and interviews were held with shortlisted applicants. The successful applicants were Ciara Morris, Kieren Kresevic, Jehannah May, Dylan McCuaig Walton, and Theodora Von Arnim. The Regional Youth Parliament had as its theme ‘Youth partnership for climate change: think local, act now!’ The program included Committee hearings, debate on a Bill and other parliamentary proceedings. The Solomon Islands Government and the United Nations Development Program Parliamentary Strengthening Project provided extensive financial and administrative support for the Regional Youth Parliament in Honiara. NSW students participating in the Regional Youth Parliament were accompanied by staff from the NSW Parliament: Rita Bila, Education and Community Relations; and Simon Johnston, Twinning Project Coordinator.
      9. October – November 2013 – Rachel Simpson, Committee Director (New South Wales Parliament Legislative Assembly) attached to the National Parliament for one month to assist the Committee Secretariat complete the ‘Teacher Absenteeism’ inquiry, a major inquiry conducted across all provinces of Solomon Islands.
      10. November 2013 – Albert Kabui, Constitutional Law and Parliamentary Practice Specialist, seconded to the New South Wales Parliament for two weeks to prepare the first draft of the Members’ Guide to Parliamentary Privilege.

    Participants in the 2013 Regional Youth Parliament in the National Parliament of Solomon Islands with the Speaker, the Hon Allan Kemakeza and the Prime Minister, the Hon Gordon Darcy Lilo.
    Activities in 2014

    Note that a number of planned activities with the National Parliament of Solomon Islands were delayed, postponed or cancelled as a consequence of the extensive flooding of Honiara in April 2014.
      1. January 2014 – Review and maintenance of National Parliament’s chamber audio system conducted by external contractors ICE (Integrated Communication Environments) Design. Co-funded by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Australia) Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships Fund and the NSW Parliament.
      2. September 2014 – Parliamentary Research Officer, Chris Paul, undertook a brief secondment with the Tasmanian Parliament timed with the Budget Estimates process. The secondment followed on from the six month attachment to the National Parliament of Tasmanian Parliament Research Officer Jayne McPherson and enabled Chris Paul to see the arrangements in place at that parliament to assist Members with information and research.
      3. October 2014 – A twinning committees workshop involving staff from the New South Wales Parliament and the parliaments of Solomon Islands and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville was held over one week in October 2014 at the National Parliament of Solomon Islands in Honiara and on the nearby island of Tulaghi. The workshop involved the entire staff of the National Parliament’s Committee Office, four staff from the Bougainville House of Representatives and five staff from the NSW Parliament. The workshop was highly practical and used current inquiries underway in Bougainville and recent inquiries in Solomon Islands as case studies to help improve critical analysis and strategic planning skills. Outcomes of the workshop included improved analytical capacity and confidence within staff of the two twinned parliaments, the adoption of templates across committees to improve consistency, and the revision of committee practice guides.

    Participants in the 2014 Twinning Committee Workshop at Tulaghi.

    Participants presenting to the Twinning Committee Workshop
    Activities in 2015
      1. December 2014 to January 2015 – Patteson Lusi, Director of Civic Education, is currently completing a Master of International Relations degree at the University of New South Wales and is on secondment from the National Parliament of Solomon Islands. He was employed in a part time capacity by the NSW Parliament to undertake research and writing tasks related to the Twinning project – developing options for holding an expanded version of the Regional Youth Parliament held in Honiara in September 2013.
      2. January 2015 – Patteson Lusi, Director of Civic Education, attended the Australian and New Zealand Association of Clerks at the Table Professional Development Seminar, presenting and participating in the seminar activities. Patteson is currently completing a Master of International Relations degree at the University of New South Wales and is on secondment from the National Parliament of Solomon Islands.

    The Autonomous Region of Bougainville

    The Autonomous Region of Bougainville, formerly known as the North Solomons Province, is an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea and is the largest of the Solomon Islands group, to which it ecologically and geographically belongs. The region comprises the large islands of Bougainville and Buka, and assorted outlying islands including the Carterets. The capital is currently Buka, although it is possible that Arawa, on Bougainville Island, may become the capital in future. The population of Bougainville is approximately 200,000.

    The Autonomous Region of Bougainville is governed by the House of Representatives. An elected President (currently the Hon John Momis) forms the Autonomous Bougainville Government and heads the Bougainville Executive Cabinet. The Autonomous Bougainville Government public sector (the Administration) is responsible for providing government services to the people of Bougainville. There are a total of 41 positions in the House of Representatives – a President, 33 seats representing single-member electorates, 3 reserved women’s seats and 3 reserved ex-combatants seats. The Speaker, currently the Hon Andrew Miriki, is elected by the House of Representatives and is not directly elected by the populace. The four members of the Papua New Guinea Parliament for the region (North, South and Central Bougainville, plus one Region representative who in other provinces of PNG would be the Premier of the province) are able to participate in sittings of the House of Representatives but cannot introduce motions or vote, and their presence does not count for the purposes of establishing quorum.

    Twinning activities with the Bougainville House of Representatives

    The NSW Parliament has only recently commenced work with the Bougainville House of Representatives:
      1. In May 2009 the NSW Parliament hosted a month long secondment of an assistant research officer from the Bougainville House of Representatives to a NSW committee secretariat to assist with a specific committee task, learn about committee operations as well as undertaking a more general study tour.
      2. In June 2009, the NSW Parliament hosted the Chair of the Bougainville House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee. This gave the Chair an opportunity to examine the role of the NSW Public Accounts Committee, meet with the Auditor General, gain a greater understanding of the role of committee chairs and parliamentary committee operations as well as pursuing some policy interests by engaging with NSW counterparts.
      3. Also in June 2009, Lynn Lovelock, Clerk of the Legislative Council, and Leslie Gonye, Clerk-Assistant (Committees) of the Legislative Assembly, accompanied by Quinton Clements, Acting Director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) at the ANU, went to Buka, the capital of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The visit was with the imprimatur of the Presiding Officers to open up the twinning relationship between the two parliaments.

    Activities in 2010:
      1. June 2010 - Visit by a NSW Parliament delegation (the Hon Diane Beamer MP; Les Gonye, Clerk Assistant – Committees, Legislative Assembly; and Simon Johnston, Twinning Project Coordinator) to participate in the 2010 new Members induction following the 2010 election of new Members to the Bougainville House of Representatives.
      2. July 2010 – Visit by a NSW Parliament delegation (the Hon Amanda Fazio MLC, President, Legislative Council; Hon Richard Torbay MP, Speaker, Legislative Assembly; Russell Grove, Clerk, Legislative Assembly; Julie Langsworth, Clerk Assistant – Procedure, Legislative Council; Simon Johnston, Twinning Project Coordinator) to ceremonially acknowledge the partnership agreement between the parliaments, and to participate in a Committee workshop for new Members.
      3. September - November 2010 – Secondment of Edwin Kenehata, Education Officer with the Bougainville House of Representatives, to the Legislative Assembly Procedure Office and the Education and Community Relations Section.
    Presiding Officers signing the Parliamentary Partnership Agreement, July 2010
    Presiding Officers signing the Parliamentary Partnership Agreement, July 2010

    Edwin Kenehata, Bougainville House of Representatives, October 2010
    Edwin Kenehata, Bougainville House of Representatives, October 2010

    Activities in 2011
      1. February 2011 – the NSW Parliament hosted the Centre for Democratic Institutions' Effective Parliamentary Committee Inquiries Course, a week-long intensive course aimed at parliamentary staff of the Asia-Pacific region and sponsored by the World Bank and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Six of the participants were from our twinned parliaments of Solomon Islands and Bougainville, with one Bougainville participant sponsored with Twinning project funds.
      2. February 2011 – the NSW Parliament hosted the Bougainville Public Accounts Committee Chair, the Hon Cosmas Sohia, who was returning to Bougainville from Victoria where he and other staff attended a week-long PAC Summer Residency Program, involving PAC Member staff and Audit Offices from countries around the world. The Bougainville delegation’s attendance at the Summer Residency Program was made possible with funds from the Twinning project. During the Hon Cosmas Sohia's time in Sydney, he met with the current Auditor-General, Mr Peter Achterstraat, NSW Public Accounts Committee staff and former NSW Public Accounts Committee Chair, Paul McLeay MP.
      3. February 2011 – Six staff from Bougainville and Solomon Islands (Emily Kupenga (SI), Douglas Pisi (B), Pais Otima (B), Wilson Orisi (SI), Lloyd Bera (SI) and Peter Topura (B)) stayed on after participating in the Effective Parliamentary Committee Inquiries Course for a three-day program in collaboration with the committee staff of both NSW Parliament Houses to build on the lessons learnt the previous week, and to develop practical responses to the challenges they face as committee staff in their home parliaments.
      4. March 2011 - The President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Hon Chief John Momis; Deputy Administrator .Raymond Masono; and Protocol Officer, William Masui visited the NSW Parliament and met with senior staff of the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly. The President was visiting Australia as part of a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade organised regional leadership program.
      5. March 2011 - One of the main priorities for the Bougainville House of Representatives is to make their Public Accounts Committee active – for many years its activities have been limited by a lack of resources and the lack of a Bougainville Auditor General. The Twinning project is assisting the Bougainville House of Representative's attempts through activities described above and follow-up activities in March, when four NSW Parliament staff (Simon Chalmers (ITS), Vicki Buchbach (LA Committees), Susan Want (LC Procedure) and Simon Johnston (Twinning project coordinator)) travelled to Buka to observe a sitting of the House and assist the staff with implementing procedure office enhancements (commenced following the 2010 secondment of Edwin Kenehata to the NSW Parliament), PAC strengthening and IT needs.
      6. May 2011 – Two staff of the Bougainville House of Representatives spent time attached to the Papua New Guinea National Parliament, strengthening the ties between the two parliaments. John Bosco, Parliamentary Research Officer, and Joel Tukana, Principal Parliamentary Reporter, spent time principally with the Hansard and Library services of the National Parliament, but also gained an understanding of the role of the other parliamentary sections. The attachment coincided with a sitting of the National Parliament, and the two Bougainville officers worked within their respective sections during the sitting. The attachment gives the Bougainville House a useful point of comparison between their activities and organisational structure and that of the National Parliament.
      7. May 2011 - Legislative Council Committee Director, Beverly Duffy, spent one month with the Bougainville Committee Office. Beverly focussed on the Public Accounts Committee, which conducted its first ever public inquiry, into issues associated with the tenancy of Government housing. Beverly worked closely with the PAC secretariat and assisted with the production of a draft report for the PAC. The report is due to be tabled in the House during its next sitting in June. Beverly's attachment arises from the need to provide guidance and support for Committee activities, a need identified during the March visit of NSW Parliament staff and endorsed by the Clerk, Robert Tapi, and Director-Committees, Moses Havini.
      8. June 2011 – The Speaker of the Bougainville House of Representatives, the Hon Andrew Miriki, and the Clerk, Robert Tapi, will visit the NSW Parliament as part of a study visit. The visit is supported by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's Education Trust Fund. During the visit, the Speaker will meet with Presiding Officers of the NSW Parliament (Speaker, the Hon Shelley Hancock MP, and President, the Hon Don Harwin MLC) and the Clerk will discuss future twinning activities with the Clerks of the NSW Parliament.
      9. July 2011 – Short courses on information technology and office administration held in Bougainville for staff of the House of Representatives.
      10. September 2011 – Study visit to Papua New Guinea Parliament by Moses Havini, Director-Committees, to strengthen links between the Committee offices of both parliaments.
      11. October-November 2011 – Secondment of Procedure Officer Peter Topura with the NSW Parliament Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council Procedure Offices. During the secondment Peter identified practices of the House of Representatives that could be reviewed and developed an action plan to review them, which was endorsed by the Clerk and Speaker and led to a Standing Orders Committee inquiry. Technical assistance during the inquiry was provided by NSW Parliament when requested.
      12. November - December 2011 – Attendance of Edwin Kenehata, Assistant Clerk and Education Officer, at the 2011 Australasian Parliamentary Educators Conference in Brisbane. Edwin also spent one week with the NSW Parliament to build on the work done by Peter Topura (on proposed revisions to the Standing Orders and practices of the House of Representatives).

    Beverly Duffy, Committee Director, Legislative Council
    with staff members of the Bougainville Public Accounts Committee -
    (L-R) Anselm Hakalits, Douglas Pisi, Ignatius Hamal, Pais Otima
      Activities in 2012
        1. May-June 2012 – Installation of a Local Area Network in the House of Representatives, collaborative project by local IT company and IT staff with the House of Representatives.
        2. June 2012 – Visit of the NSW Parliament President, Hon Don Harwin MLC; David Blunt, Clerk of the Legislative Council; Ronda Miller, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly; and Simon Johnston, Twinning project coordinator to Bougainville to assist in the delivery of procedural workshops for Members on changes to the Standing Orders and practices of the House arising from the Standing Orders Committee review (arising from secondments of Peter Topura and Edwin Kenehata in 2011) and to observe the sitting of the House.
        3. July 2012 – Twinning conference held in Honiara, following the Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference
        4. July 2012 – Twinning workshop held in the week following the Twinning Conference, for staff of the three parliaments. From Bougainville: Robert Tapi, Clerk; Edwin Kenehata, Education Officer and Assistant Clerk; Peter Topura, Procedure Officer; Joel Tukana, Senior Editor Hansard; Pais Otima, Secretary, Public Accounts Committee.
        5. August 2012 –Following the annual Effective Parliamentary Committee Inquiry Course (Centre for Democratic Institutions funded and hosted by NSW Parliament), two Committee staff were seconded to Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council Committee offices – Ignatius Hamal and Donald Misang. The week-long secondment involved close collaboration with staff from NSW Parliament and National Parliament of Solomon Islands, putting into practice the lessons of the EPCIC and developing projects from home parliaments.
        6. October 2012 – Three staff of the Public Accounts Committee seconded to the Papua New Guinea National Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee to observe the inquiry process and develop links with the Office of the Auditor General. Staff: Pais Otima, Secretary; Douglas Pisi, Senior Research Officer; Ignatius Hamal, Senior Research Officer.
        7. October 2012 – John Bosco, Parliamentary Librarian, attended a Library course in Port Moresby.
        8. November 2012 – Secondment of Peter Topura, Procedure Officer, to the National Parliament of Solomon Islands Procedure Office following the New Zealand Parliamentary Study Programme.
        9. November 2012 – Edwin Kenehata, Education Officer, attended Australasian Parliamentary Educators Conference in Perth, Western Australia.
      Activities in 2013
        1. January 2013 – Joel Tukana, Senior Editor Hansard, attended Hansard conference in Perth, Western Australia. The conference venue allowed for meetings with representatives of the ForTheRecord company, to investigate recording and reporting options for the House of Representatives.
        2. April 2013 – Regional Workshops for Members of the Bougainville House of Representatives. NSW Parliament MP Melanie Gibbons, CDI Associate Warren Cahill and NSW Parliament twinning project coordinator Simon Johnston participated in a series of three regional workshops in the North, South and Central regions of Bougainville.
        3. May 2013 – Following the annual Effective Parliamentary Committee Inquiry Course (Centre for Democratic Institutions funded and hosted by NSW Parliament), two Committee staff were seconded to Legislative Council Committee offices – Jane Kiroha and Julie Masike. The week-long secondment involved close collaboration with staff from NSW Parliament and National Parliament of Solomon Islands, putting into practice the lessons of the EPCIC and developing projects from home parliaments.
        4. July 2013 – Robert Tapi, then Clerk of the House of Representatives, attended the Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference in the Australian Capital Territory in early July, including a June 2013 visit to the NSW Parliament to meet with Clerks and Presiding Officers.
        5. September 2013 – Peter Topura, Director – Procedures, attended the ‘C25’ event in Sydney, presenting on work undertaken in Bougainville to improve the Standing Orders for Members. C25 was a seminar organised by the NSW Legislative Council to celebrate 25 years of the modern Legislative Council Committee system.
        6. September 2013 - Regional Youth Parliament held in Honiara – see Solomon Islands entry. Peter Topura, Director of Procedures, attended the Youth Parliament on behalf of the Bougainville students who were unable to participate.

      Deputy Administrator Raymond Masono and Bougainville President Hon Chief John Momis in front of the NSW Parliament
      Deputy Administrator Raymond Masono and
      Bougainville President Hon Chief John Momis
      in front of the NSW Parliament

      Activities in 2014
        1. March 2014 – Simon Johnston, Twinning project coordinator, participated in a workshop for staff of the Bougainville House of Representatives focussed on the delivery of effective Committee inquiries. The visit was also used to plan future Twinning activities and to discuss administrative arrangements within the House of Representatives with the Speaker.
        2. June 2014 – Edwin Kenehata, Acting Clerk of the Bougainville House of Representatives, attended the 2014 New Zealand Parliamentary Study Programme.
        3. July 2014 – Hon Robin Wilson, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Edwin Kenehata, Acting Clerk of the Bougainville House of Representatives, attended the Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference in Samoa, taking the opportunity to meet with Presiding Officers and Clerks from the NSW Parliament.
        4. September 2014 – Jenelle Moore, currently a Principal Council Officer within the Legislative Council Committee Office and an experienced Procedure Officer, together with twinning project coordinator Simon Johnston, undertook a two week attachment to the Procedure Office in Bougainville, timed with the September sitting of the House. The attachment is part of the ongoing project to revise the Standing Orders and make them more relevant to Members of the House. During this visit a portable digital recording system was provided to the House of Representatives, to better enable Committees of the House to hold and record public hearings.
        5. September – November 2014 – Peter Topura, Director – Procedures, undertook an eight week secondment with the NSW Parliament based in the two Procedure Offices to undertake research and develop briefing papers and other documentation required for the ongoing project to revise the Standing Orders.
        6. October 2014 – Twinning Committee Workshop (see Solomon Islands entry).

      Activities in 2015
        1. January – February 2015 – Ignatius Hamal, Executive Officer to the Clerk, undertook a four-week secondment to the NSW Parliament to develop material on the application of parliamentary privilege in the Bougainville context. Ignatius also attended the Australian and New Zealand Association of Clerks at the Table Professional Development Seminar held in January, presenting and participating in the seminar activities.​