Building links with Tasmanian Parliament delegation
Samoa and Tasmania are celebrating their longstanding connection of nearly a decade under a Parliamentary twinning partnership.
On Monday, the Australian High Commissioner, Sara Moriarty welcomed visiting Tasmanian Parliamentary delegation, Rene Hidding MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Kerry Finch MLC, Craig Maxwell Farrell and 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,”
“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 Parliaments 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 1980’s and 1990’s. 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.