Parliament unites in praise for Assembly Clerk

Ray PurdeyState leaders and MPs from all sides of politics have thanked and congratulated Legislative Assembly Clerk, Ray Purdey for his immense contribution to Parliament and Victoria.

Mr Purdey has announced his retirement after a career in Parliament spanning 43 years, including almost 19 years as Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and almost 17 years as Clerk of the Parliaments.

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Aboriginal elders address Legislative Assembly

Elders address AssemblyOn an historic day in the Victorian Parliament, Aboriginal elders have addressed the Legislative Assembly.

The elders spoke in English and Woi-wurrung language to explain their connection with the Yarra River and the importance of protecting the river for generations to come.

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New ways to connect youth with parliament

Youth Round TableYouth leaders from the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and The Push Inc have shared their views and ideas on better connecting young Victorians with parliament.

A roundtable attended by Legislative Council President, Bruce Atkinson and parliamentary staff explored options for youth project placements, digital engagement and a youth network to enhance parliament’s interaction with young Victorians.

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New paper assesses Parliament’s independence

Independence of parliament, library researchThe Parliamentary Library has published a new paper on how Parliament is faring in maintaining its independence from Executive Government.

“Victoria’s system of responsible government relies on the separation of powers and having an independent Parliament, where protocols ensure that the concentration of power is not in the hands of any single person, institution or branch of government,” the research paper states.

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Parliamentary Library Fellowships announced

2017 fellows Dr Marilyn McMahon from Deakin University and Dr Brian Coffey from RMIT University have been appointed Parliamentary Library Fellows for 2017.

Dr McMahon is Associate Professor (Criminal Law) at the School of Law, Deakin University. Her research topic is: ‘No bail, more jail? Can we protect the community without further increasing the Victorian prison population?’

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