International Delegations visit State


Presiding officers from parliaments throughout the world are gathering in Hobart this week.

The MIKTA Speakers’ Consultation involves delegations from Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of South Korea, Turkey and Australia.

President of the Senate and Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Stephen Parry, will host the event, alongside Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tony Smith MP.

“As a Senator for Tasmania, I worked to make sure our state was the host venue for Australia’s round of this important international dialogue,” Senator Parry said.

“Traditionally, the national capital or bigger cities would be identified as host, but I wanted to ensure my home state was the host.

“MIKTA was formed in 2013 by foreign ministers and is a consultative forum based on shared values and advancing common interests. The first Speakers’ Consultation was held in Korea last year, and I have since lobbied successfully to bring the meeting to Hobart.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our state to the world.”

The MIKTA programme will include discussions on how countries can improve citizen access to parliaments, parliamentary accountability, global security and counter-terrorism.”

The formal conference session of the Speakers’ Consultation will be held at Tasmania’s Parliament House tomorrow.

Opening remarks will be made by Senator Parry and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tony Smith MP.

The delegation will also participate in a welcome reception at Government House and cultural visits including Port Arthur Historic Site and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.


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