UK Speaker welcomed to Victorian Parliament

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has been welcomed to the Victorian Parliament by Speaker Christine Fyffe and Legislative Council President Bruce Atkinson.

The UK Speaker is undertaking an official visit to Australia and toured Victoria's Parliament House during his stay in Melbourne. Later in the morning he met with the Victorian Governor.

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Samoan MPs visit Victoria

A parliamentary delegation from Samoa, led by the Speaker, has visited Parliament House in Melbourne as part of a three city program aimed at further developing relations with Australian parliaments.

The Samoan MPs were keen to learn about the way in which Australian parliaments deal with a range of parliamentary issues, including procedures for debates, budget processes, conduct of committee inquiries and relations between parliament and the media.

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Puppy at Parliament

Seeing eye dog Becky has been roaming the corridors of Parliament House to help raise awareness among MPs about living with blindness and low vision.

The canine visitor was part of a Vision Australia information session that included displays about the services available to people with varying degrees of vision loss.

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Tuvalu benefits from Victorian experience

The Clerk of Tuvalu's Parliament, Levi Telii, has undertaken a two week study attachment to the Victorian Parliament as part of a professional development program for Pacific parliamentary staff.

Victoria is twinned with Tuvalu under the Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships program, which provides technical assistance and capacity building for the parliaments of Pacific island nations.

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