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PNG | Speaker’s Retreat II | Canberra | 2 June 2013


^ Left to right: Danny Puli, Lali Vali, Simon Ila, Vela Konivaro, Harry Jenkins, Speaker Zurenuoc, Speaker Simpson, Michael Ries, Grant Harrison.


^ Grant Harrison illustrating the importance of the Legislature maintaining its integrity.


^ Speaker Zurenuoc briefing Clerk Konivaro about his vision for restoration, reformation and modernisation in the PNG Parliament.

The Centre for Democratic Institutions has provided another opportunity for peer-to-peer support for the Speaker of the PNG Parliament by hosting a second “Speaker’s Retreat” in Canberra in early June. This follows on from a similar event held in September 2012.

At the Canberra event, Speaker Zurenuoc met with the Hon Fiona Simpson (Speaker of the Queensland Parliament) and Mr Harry Jenkins (the former Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives) for further discussions about the role of the Speaker.  The day’s discussions were held under the Chatham House Rule and were facilitated by CDI’s Deputy Director, Grant Harrison and CDI Program Manager Bronwen Harvey. Discussion topics included:

  • Managing Parliamentary Business
  • Institutional Leadership
  • Strategies for improving Corporate Services
  • Strategies for improving parliamentary performance
  • Further development of the Twinning arrangement between the PNG and QLD Parliaments.

Speaker Zurenuoc was accompanied by members of his senior management team, including the newly appointed Clerk of the Parliament, Mr Vela Konivaro; the Deputy Clerk, Mr Simon Ila; the Serjeant-at-Arms, Mr Lalai Vali; and First Secretary to the Speaker, Mr Danny Puli.

Clcik on these links for more on our work assisting Speaker Zurenuoc and the National Parliament of PNG:

  PNG | “I see, I remember”: a visit to Parliament House by the Speaker and Clerks of the PNG Parliament | Canberra | 3-4 June 2013
  CDI's Parliamentary Strengthing Program




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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.

Established in 1998, CDI is funded by the Australian Government. The Centre is based in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

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