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New CPA Secretary-General Appointed

The 61st General Assembly of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has appointed a new Secretary-General for the Association.

Mr Karimulla Akbar Khan was recommended to the 61st General Assembly by the Association’s International Executive Committee, which is made up of representatives of the nine regions of the CPA – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; India; Pacific; South-East Asia.

The Secretary-General Elect, Mr Karimulla Akbar Khan, is originally from Guyana before moving to the United Kingdom. Mr Khan is an honours graduate in English Law (Bachelor of Law LL.B (Hons)) of the University of Reading. He also holds a Master’s in Public International Law (LLM) from Jesus College, University of Cambridge. Mr Khan is a qualified Barrister-at-Law and an Attorney-at-Law. He was admitted to the English Bar in 1990 and the New York Bar (USA) in 2000. Mr Khan has held senior positions with, amongst others, the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and at the Commonwealth Secretariat, specialising in International Law. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is undertaking a recruitment process for a new Secretary-General to head its international secretariat located in London. The Australia Region, as one of the 9 regions of the CPA, is seeing applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates. If you are interested in this exciting role please follow the links for further details. Applications close on Friday, 12 June 2015.


Pacific Partnership Program being reviewed
(former Education Trust Fund)

The Pacific Partnerships Program has been in operation for many years and it is timely to undertake a review to ensure it continues to meet its objectives and complies with the relevant legislation governing its management. Over recent years the Fund has seen significant reductions in the annual level of funds available to the Pacific Parliaments. With this likely to continue for the foreseeable future, the Fund will face challenges in providing the same level of assistance with reduced resources. The purpose of the review will be to identify the key objectives of the Fund, the means for achieving them, and how the Fund can be sustainable into the future. The Reivew is particularly interested in the following issues:
  • Whether the original objectives of the Fund are currently being met;
  • Whether to renew or develop new objectives;
  • Options for increasing annual funding, including the possible use of capital funds;
  • The role of twinned parliaments in the application process; and
  • Development of agreed processes for approving applications under the Fund.
Once all submissions are received a working paper will be drafted for the consideration by all Australian parliaments. The intention is that the review will be completed and agreed recommendations implemented in time for the 2016-2017 round of applications.

CPA Regional Representatives

Kezia Purick, MLASpeaker of the Legislative Assembly, Northern Territory
Russell Paul Wortley, MLCPresident of the Legislative Council, Western Australian
Vicki Dunne, MLASpeaker of the Legislative Assembly, Australian Capital Territory

The standby branch is New South Wales.