IBAC interest for Trinidad delegation

Speakers meet

Australia's electoral and anti-corruption processes are key areas of interest for a parliamentary delegation from Trinidad and Tobago visiting this week.

Led by Speaker Wade Mark, the Trinidad and Tobago delegation was officially welcomed to Victoria at Parliament House by Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Telmo Languiller and President of the Legislative Council Bruce Atkinson.

Trinidad and Tobago delegation

Trinidad and Tobago delegation with Victorian Speaker Telmo Languiller (centre) and Clerk of Parliaments Ray Purdey (left)

Trinidad and Tobago is a republic with a bicameral national parliament modelled on the British system.

The Parliaments of Victoria and Trinidad and Tobago are both members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

Caribbean countries have had a keen interest in Australia’s Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships program, which links Australian and Pacific parliaments through twinning arrangements. A similar program is under consideration between Canadian and Caribbean parliaments.

During the visit to Melbourne, the Trinidad and Tobago delegation met with the chief executive of Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission, Alistair Maclean, for briefings on the operations and work of the anti-corruption watchdog.

The delegation is also visiting Sydney, where it will meet with representatives of the Australian Electoral Commission, before heading to Canberra for talks with federal parliamentary counterparts.

Trinidad and Tobago is Australia's largest trading partner in the Caribbean. Its economy is largely based on offshore oil and gas production and the country has become a major financial centre in the Caribbean.

Presiding Officers meet

Trinidad and Tobago Speaker Wade Mark meets Victoria's Presiding Officers Bruce Atkinson and Telmo Languiller

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