The 3rd Australia-Samoa Parliamentary Partnership Seminar Series for Members of Parliament, themed Parliamentary Privilege & Ethics was held on the 3rd and 4th October 2017 at the Taumeasina Island Resort, Moataa.
The two day seminar was facilitated by the Former Speaker of the House of Representatives of Australia Ms. Anna Burke and staff of the House of Representatives: Claressa Surtees- Deputy Clerk; Peter Banson- Clerk Assistant (Table); Catherine Cornish- Clerk Assistant (Procedure) and assisted by the Afioga Sefuiva Charlene Malele, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Samoa and Office of the Legislative Assembly (OCLA) representatives.
Members with the facilitators discussed and compared local Parliamentary procedures and processes from the Australian Federal Parliament particularly on the issue of Parliamentary Privilege and its impact on its Members as well as ethical issues Parliamentarians have and may encounter from time to time. Amongst other things, avenues in which Members can raise questions on issues relative to their constituencies and social matters in Parliament were also discussed.
The series was well attended by Members of Parliament, the Honorable Prime Minister and some members of the Cabinet who expressed their approval for such seminars as it enhances their understanding on Parliamentary procedures.
This is the finale strand of the Australia- Samoa Seminar series. The corporation between the two Parliaments will continue with the attachment of 2 Parliamentary specialists from the Australian Federal Parliament Secretariat to the OCLA in November 2017.