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PNG | Governor Soso visits ACT Legislative Assembly | 30 April 2013


The Governor of Eastern Highlands Province in Papua New Guinea, the Hon Julie Soso Akeke, visited Canberra recently as part of a week-long trip to Australia sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Centre for Democratic Institutions was very pleased to be able to contribute to the Governor’s program by arranging a half-day tour and series of meeting at the ACT Legislative Assembly. The Governor met with the Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher; Speaker Vicki Dunne; Members of the Legislative Assembly, Alistair Coe and Andrew Wall; and the Clerk of Parliament, Tom Duncan. The Governor found much to interest and inspire her, including the number of women occupying high office within the ACT legislature. She was interested to hear about staff and MP professional development opportunities that the ACT Parliament has been providing in Kiribati and once again voiced her desire to better prepare the members of her Provincial Assembly for their roles.

Governor Soso also met with CDI’s Deputy Director Grant Harrison, and Program Manager, Bronwen Harvey to discuss possible areas of future collaboration. One of the initiatives under discussion, a workshop for women candidates intending to contest the forthcoming local-level government elections in PNG, came to fruition on 27 and 28 May in Goroka. The workshop made use of the Campaign Handbook: a guide for women candidates in the 2013 LLG elections in PNG as a primary resource. CDI developed the handbook as part of the Office for the Development of Women’s larger strategy to support intending women candidates. The Handbook, available in English and Tok Pisin, brings together the tips and tricks for campaigning that were a feature of CDI’s Women Candidate Training workshops delivered in the lead up to PNG’s national elections in 2012. Click on these links for more on this work:

  Campaign Handbook - A Guide for Women Candidates in the 2013 LLG elections | May 2013
  CDI's Women in Politics Home Page



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The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) supports the efforts of democracies in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen their political systems. It provides training, technical assistance and peer support for parliamentarians, political party organisers and emerging leaders in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, with a particular focus on Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. CDI sponsors research and publications on political change and democratic governance.

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