Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

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The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), previously known as the Empire Parliamentary Association, is an organisation which works to support good governance, democracy and human rights.

As of 1989, the CPA acknowledges as Patron – the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – and as Vice-Patron, by rotation Heads of State of the Commonwealth national government hosting its upcoming annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. The Association's supreme authority is the General Assembly, constituted by delegates to the annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.[1] The business and activities of the CPA are managed by an Executive Committee, which reports to the General Assembly. The CPA's funds are derived from membership fees paid by its branches, as well as from two trust funds and benefactors.

The official publication of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments. The organisation administers the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), a group across the Commonwealth which promotes greater representation for women in Parliament and the Commonwealth Youth Parliament, an annual gathering of young people hosted by a Commonwealth Parliament.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) currently has 181 branches and is divided into nine regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; India; Pacific, and South-East Asia. The CPA Secretariat is based in London.


CPA African Branch meeting, 2014

The CPA was founded as the Empire Parliamentary Association in 1911, with its first branches being Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, the latter branch administering the Association as a whole. In 1948 the Association changed its name to the current Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and invited all branches to participate in the organisation's administration.


The current Chair of the CPA Executive Committee is Hon. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban of Bangladesh,[2] who succeeded Rt Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst MP (2011 – 2014), formerly Chairman of Ways and Means of the UK Parliament.

The current Vice-Chair is Hon. Emilia Lifaka MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon.

The current Treasurer is Hon. Vicki Dunne, Deputy Speaker of Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly.

The current Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians is Hon. Noraini Ahmad, MP from the Parliament of Malaysia.

The current Chairperson for Small Branches is Hon. Angelo Farrugia, MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta in the Parliament of Malta. The Small Branches Chairperson is a new Officer position within the CPA from December 2016.


The CPA's 7th Secretary-General is Mr Akbar Khan.[3]

Previous Secretaries-General have been: Dr. William F. Shija, former Minister Tanzania Parliament (2007 – 2014); Hon. Denis Marshall, former Minister New Zealand Parliament (2002 – 2006); Hon. Arthur Donahoe, former Speaker Nova Scotia House of Assembly (1993 – 2001); Hon. Dr. David Tonkin, former Premier South Australia (1986 – 1992); Sir Robin Vandervelt from South Africa (1961 – 1985); Sir Howard d’Egville (1949 - 1960).[4]


Members of the CPA are listed below. Both national and subnational parliaments are included.

Members National and Sub-National Parliaments
 Alderney States of Alderney
 Anguilla Parliament of Anguilla
 Antigua and Barbuda Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda

Barbuda Council

 Australia Parliament of Australia. Australia National Branch has withdrawn from the CPA.

Flag of the Australian Capital Territory.svg Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, Flag of New South Wales.svg Parliament of New South Wales, Flag of the Northern Territory.svg Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, Flag of Queensland.svg Parliament of Queensland, Flag of South Australia.svg Parliament of South Australia, Flag of Tasmania.svg Parliament of Tasmania, Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg Parliament of Victoria, Flag of Western Australia.svg Parliament of Western Australia

 The Bahamas Parliament of the Bahamas
 Bangladesh Parliament of Bangladesh
 Barbados Parliament of Barbados
 Belize Parliament of Belize
 Bermuda Parliament of Bermuda
 Botswana Parliament of Botswana
 British Virgin Islands House of Assembly of the British Virgin Islands
 Cameroon National Assembly of Cameroon
 Canada Parliament of Canada

Flag of Alberta.svg Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Flag of British Columbia.svg Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Flag of Manitoba.svg Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Flag of New Brunswick.svg Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador.svg Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly, Flag of the Northwest Territories.svg Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, Flag of Nova Scotia.svg Nova Scotia House of Assembly, Flag of Nunavut.svg Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, Flag of Ontario.svg Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Flag of Prince Edward Island.svg Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, Flag of Quebec.svg National Assembly of Quebec, Flag of Saskatchewan.svg Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, Flag of Yukon.svg Yukon Legislative Assembly

 Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands
 Cook Islands Parliament of the Cook Islands
 Cyprus House of Representatives of Cyprus
 Dominica House of Assembly of Dominica
 Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands
 Fiji Parliament of Fiji
 Ghana Parliament of Ghana
 Gibraltar Gibraltar Parliament
 Grenada Parliament of Grenada
 Guernsey States of Guernsey
 Guyana National Assembly of Guyana
 India Parliament of India

Andhra Pradesh Legislature, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Seal of Assam.png Assam Legislative Assembly, Seal of Bihar.svg Bihar Legislative Assembly, Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, Emblem of India.svg Delhi Legislative Assembly, Goa Legislative Assembly, Government Of Gujarat Seal In Gujarati.png Gujarat Legislative Assembly, Haryana Legislative Assembly, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Seal of Jammu and Kashmir color.png Jammu and Kashmir Legislature, Jharkhand Legislative Assembly, Seal of Karnataka.svg Karnataka Legislative Assembly, Kerala Legislature, Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Seal of Maharashtra.png Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Manipur Legislative Assembly, Seal of Meghalaya.svg Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Seal of Mizoram.svg Mizoram Legislative Assembly, Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Emblem of India.svg Odisha Legislative Assembly, Seal of Puducherry.svg Puducherry Legislative Assembly, Seal of Punjab.gif Punjab Legislative Assembly, Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, Seal of Sikkim color.png Sikkim Legislative Assembly, TamilNadu Logo.svg Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, Telangana Legislative Assembly, Seal of Tripura.svg Tripura Legislative Assembly, Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, Seal of Uttar Pradesh.png Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly,

 Isle of Man High Court of Tynwald
 Jamaica Parliament of Jamaica
 Jersey States of Jersey
 Kenya Parliament of Kenya
 Kiribati House of Assembly (Kiribati)
 Lesotho Parliament of Lesotho
 Malawi Parliament of Malawi
 Malaysia Parliament of Malaysia

Flag of Johor.svg Johor State Legislative Assembly, Flag of Kedah.svg Kedah State Legislative Assembly, Flag of Kelantan.svg Kelantan State Legislative Assembly, Flag of Malacca.svg Malacca State Legislative Assembly, Flag of Negeri Sembilan.svg Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly, Flag of Pahang.svg Pahang State Legislative Assembly, Flag of Penang (Malaysia).svg Penang State Legislative Assembly, Flag of Perak.svg Perak State Legislative Assembly, Flag of Perlis.svg Perlis State Legislative Assembly, Flag of Sabah.svg Sabah State Legislative Assembly, Flag of Sarawak.svg Sarawak State Legislative Assembly, Flag of Selangor.svg Selangor State Legislative Assembly, Flag of Terengganu.svg Terengganu State Legislative Assembly

 Maldives People's Majlis
 Malta Parliament of Malta
 Mauritius Parliament of Mauritius
 Montserrat Legislative Assembly of Montserrat
 Mozambique Parliament of Mozambique
 Namibia Parliament of Namibia
 Nauru Parliament of Nauru
 New Zealand Parliament of New Zealand
 Nigeria Parliament of Nigeria

Abia State Adamawa State, Akwa Ibom State, Anambra State, Bauchi State, Bayelsa State, Benue State Borno State, Cross River State, Delta State, Ebonyi State, Edo State, Ekiti State, Enugu State, Gombe State, Imo State, Jigawa State, Kaduna State, Kano State, Katsina State, Kebbi State, Kogi State Kwara State, Lagos State, Nasarawa State, Niger State, Ogun State, Ondo State, Osun State, Oyo State, Plateau State, Rivers State, Sokoto State, Taraba State, Yobe State Zamfara State

 Niue Niue Assembly
 Pakistan Parliament of Pakistan

Flag of Balochistan.svg Provincial Assembly of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa flag.png Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Flag of Punjab.svg Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, Flag of Sindh.svg Provincial Assembly of Sindh

 Papua New Guinea Parliament of Papua New Guinea

Flag of Bougainville.svg Bougainville House of Representatives

 Rwanda Parliament of Rwanda
 Samoa Legislative Assembly of Samoa
 Seychelles Parliament of Seychelles
 Sierra Leone Parliament of Sierra Leone
 Singapore Parliament of Singapore
 Solomon Islands National Parliament of the Solomon Islands
 South Africa Parliament of South Africa

Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Free State Legislature, Gauteng Provincial Legislature, KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Limpopo Legislature, Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature, Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, North West Provincial Legislature, Western Cape Provincial Parliament

 Sri Lanka Parliament of Sri Lanka
 Saint Helena Legislative Council of Saint Helena
 Saint Kitts and Nevis. Also known as Saint Christopher and Nevis. National Assembly (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

Flag of Nevis.svg Nevis Island Assembly

 Saint Lucia Parliament of Saint Lucia
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines House of Assembly of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Swaziland Parliament of Swaziland
 Tanzania Parliament of Tanzania

Zanzibar House of Representatives

 Tonga Legislative Assembly of Tonga
 Trinidad and Tobago Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago

Tobago House of Assembly

 Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands House of Assembly
 Tuvalu Parliament of Tuvalu
 Uganda Parliament of Uganda
 United Kingdom Parliament of the United Kingdom

 Scotland, Scottish Parliament

 Wales, Welsh Assembly

 Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Assembly

 Vanuatu Parliament of Vanuatu - CPA Branch currently in suspension.
 Zambia Parliament of Zambia

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