Study Tour to Australia for Jordanian Parliamentary Committee Secretaries
SUNY/CID NEWS STORIES 2006
In late October and early November 2006, the USAID-supported SUNY/Jordan Legislative Strengthening Program conducted a study tour to the Australian Parliament for nine Jordanian parliamentary committee secretaries. The trip was designed for the participants to observe at first hand committee practice and procedure. For comparison purposes, the delegation visited the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory in order to observe the way committees operate also in a small, unicameral legislature. Comprehensive information and discussion sessions were provided by both legislatures. As well as the formal parts of the program, highlights of the trip included: observing robust democracy in action during House of Representatives Question Time; running into the Australian Prime Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the corridor; and a tour of the press gallery and the Parliament House studio facilities of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.