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In this lecture The Hon. Theo Zurenuoc will outline his vision for a restored, reformed and modernised Parliament, which can, in turn, become a catalyst for national transformation. He will discuss some of the historical factors that have contributed to the current state of the Parliament including public perceptions about the role of MPs as project managers and cash deliverers. Part of his vision includes the establishment of a civic education program to build public awareness and understanding of the role of Parliament, and of Parliamentarians as legislators, accountability agents and representatives of the people.
The Hon. Theo Zurenuoc, MP, is a second term MP and was elected to the post of Speaker of the Parliament of Papua New Guinea in August 2012. In his first term he spent 4 years in Opposition before becoming Minister of Education in the Peter O’Neill coalition government, supporting free primary education for all. As Speaker, he is leading a program of Parliamentary reform (with support from the Centre for Democratic Institutions at the Crawford School of Public Policy) and plans to use his position to improve the function and respect of Parliament. Mr Zurenuoc has already introduced a parliamentary sitting calendar, a first for PNG. The PNG Government has declared 2013 as the year of implementation, which will depend in part on the ability of Parliament to meet and address the Government’s extensive legislative agenda.
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This lecture is presented by the Centre for Democratic Institutions at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.
Further information about the Centre for Democratic Institutions: cdi.anu.edu.au/index.htm