10 years of Samoa’s Partnership with Tasmania’s Parliament

PHOTO: Left to Right, Back Row: Tynique Dimcevska, Steve Mewburn AFP, HE Sara Moriarty, Hon Rene Hidding, Hon Kerry Finch MLC, Hon Craig Maxwell. Left to Right, Front Row: David Bragg (AFP), DHOM Amanda Jewell, Catherine Vickers, Third Secretary Laura McIlhenny and Andrew Dobbs (AFP).

APIA, SAMOA – FRIDAY 05 OCTOBER 218: Samoa and Tasmania are celebrating their longstanding connection of nearly a decade under a parliamentary twinning partnership.

The Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Sara Moriarty welcomed the visiting Tasmanian Parliamentary delegation on Monday this week. The delegation comprise of Hon. Rene Hidding MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, the Hon.  Kerry Finch MLC, the Hon. Craig Maxwell Farrell and Ms. Catherine Vickers, Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Council.

“It was a great opportunity to welcome the Tasmanian Parliamentary delegation to Samoa and to acknowledge the longstanding association Tasmania has with Samoa,” said Ms Moriarty.

“It is evident that Australia is committed to supporting capacity building and development by having delegations such as the Tasmanian Parliamentary delegation visit Samoa.

“We have also seen other areas of support given, for example in September, 10 Samoan Parliamentary staff were capped with a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy from the University of Tasmania,” said Moriarty.

“Through these qualifications, we can appreciate the University of Tasmania’s continual contribution to both the twinning arrangement and to the parliamentary institutional strengthening in Samoa,” Ms Moriarty concluded.

The twinned parliament’s scheme has served as a platform for mutual cooperation on the professional development of Australian and Pacific Island parliaments. The Tasmanian Parliament has twinned with Samoa, an endeavour that dates back to the 1980s. With the support of Australian Aid, a number of Samoans studied law at the University of Tasmania, many of whom now hold important senior positions in Samoa.

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