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. 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.
History [ edit ]
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.
Officers [ edit ]
Chair of the CPA Executive Committee is Hon. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban of Bangladesh, 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.
Secretaries-General [ edit ]
The CPA's 7th Secretary-General is Mr Akbar Khan.
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). 
Members [ edit ]
Members of the CPA are listed below. Both
national and subnational parliaments are included.
National and Sub-National Parliaments
States of Alderney
Parliament of Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda
Parliament of Australia. Australia National Branch has withdrawn from the CPA.
Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, Parliament of New South Wales, Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, Parliament of Queensland, Parliament of South Australia, Parliament of Tasmania, Parliament of Victoria, Parliament of Western Australia
Parliament of the Bahamas
Parliament of Bangladesh
Parliament of Barbados
Parliament of Belize
Parliament of Bermuda
Parliament of Botswana
British Virgin Islands
House of Assembly of the British Virgin Islands
National Assembly of Cameroon
Parliament of Canada
Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly, Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia House of Assembly, Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, National Assembly of Quebec, Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, Yukon Legislative Assembly
Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands
Parliament of the Cook Islands
House of Representatives of Cyprus
House of Assembly of Dominica
Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands
Parliament of Fiji
Parliament of Ghana
Parliament of Grenada
States of Guernsey
National Assembly of Guyana
Parliament of India
Andhra Pradesh Legislature, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Assam Legislative Assembly, Bihar Legislative Assembly, Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, Delhi Legislative Assembly, Goa Legislative Assembly, Gujarat Legislative Assembly, Haryana Legislative Assembly, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Jammu and Kashmir Legislature, Jharkhand Legislative Assembly, Karnataka Legislative Assembly, Kerala Legislature, Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Manipur Legislative Assembly, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Mizoram Legislative Assembly, Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Odisha Legislative Assembly, Puducherry Legislative Assembly, Punjab Legislative Assembly, Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, Telangana Legislative Assembly, Tripura Legislative Assembly, Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly,
Isle of Man
High Court of Tynwald
Parliament of Jamaica
States of Jersey
Parliament of Kenya
House of Assembly (Kiribati)
Parliament of Lesotho
Parliament of Malawi
Parliament of Malaysia
Johor State Legislative Assembly, Kedah State Legislative Assembly, Kelantan State Legislative Assembly, Malacca State Legislative Assembly, Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly, Pahang State Legislative Assembly, Penang State Legislative Assembly, Perak State Legislative Assembly, Perlis State Legislative Assembly, Sabah State Legislative Assembly, Sarawak State Legislative Assembly, Selangor State Legislative Assembly, Terengganu State Legislative Assembly
Parliament of Malta
Parliament of Mauritius
Legislative Assembly of Montserrat
Parliament of Mozambique
Parliament of Namibia
Parliament of Nauru
Parliament of New Zealand
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
Parliament of Pakistan
Provincial Assembly of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, Provincial Assembly of Sindh
Papua New Guinea
Parliament of Papua New Guinea
Bougainville House of Representatives
Parliament of Rwanda
Legislative Assembly of Samoa
Parliament of Seychelles
Parliament of Sierra Leone
Parliament of Singapore
National Parliament of the Solomon Islands
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
Parliament of Sri Lanka
Legislative Council of Saint Helena
Saint Kitts and Nevis. Also known as Saint Christopher and Nevis.
National Assembly (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
Nevis Island Assembly
Parliament of Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
House of Assembly of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Parliament of Swaziland
Parliament of Tanzania
Zanzibar House of Representatives
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
Parliament of Tuvalu
Parliament of Uganda
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Scotland, Scottish Parliament
Wales, Welsh Assembly
Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Assembly
Parliament of Vanuatu - CPA Branch currently in suspension.
Parliament of Zambia
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