Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG)

The Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) is a politically non-partisan body which was established in 1978 to encourage and stimulate research, writing, teaching and discussion about parliamentary institutions, particularly those in Australasia and the South Pacific. The ASPG has Chapters in all States and Territories of Australia and in New Zealand.

Membership consists of parliamentarians, parliamentary officers, academics, teachers, journalists, students and other interested individuals.

The Australasian Parliamentary Review is the ASPG's official journal and is published twice a year. The National President of the ASPG is Prof Scott Prasser.

The national ASPG website has journals, reviews, research papers and information about the ASPG. The link to the webpage is ASPG

Seminars
The NSW Chapter of the ASPG also holds seminars on topical issues relating to Parliament in NSW and Australia.

The next seminar has not been scheduled.

Meetings

The annual general meeting of the NSW Chapter was held on Wednesday 12 November 2014, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, SYDNEY

Membership
Membership of the New South Wales Chapter costs $45 per year and entitles you to:
  • Two issues per year of the Australasian Parliamentary Review
  • Discounts to attend the ASPG Annual Conference and other ASPG functions
  • Priority to attend seminars and other functions held by the NSW Chapter.

To become a member, complete the membership form.

Membership Form 2015-2016.pdfMembership Form 2015-2016.pdf

For further information contact John Young, Secretary/Treasurer, Australasian Study of Parliament Group, NSW Chapter
Address: Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000
Telephone: 02 9230 3464
Email: john.young@parliament.nsw.gov.au


Annual conference
The ASPG holds an annual conference hosted by the Australasian parliaments on a rotational basis.

The 2014 conference was hosted by the New South Wales Parliament 1-3 October 2014 on the topic of
"How Representative is Representative Democracy?"

ASPG 2014 Conference Program.pdfASPG 2014 Conference Program.pdfConference timeline.pdfConference timeline.pdf

Conference papers:

Session 1 - Prof. Richard Herr - Cultural Adaptation and the Westminster Model.pdfSession 1 - Prof. Richard Herr - Cultural Adaptation and the Westminster Model.pdf
Session 1 - Mr Peter Topura - Making the standing orders work for the people.pdfSession 1 - Mr Peter Topura - Making the standing orders work for the people.pdf
Session 2 - Dr Therese Arseneau - The Impact of MMP on Representation in New Zealand’s Parliament.pdfSession 2 - Dr Therese Arseneau - The Impact of MMP on Representation in New Zealand’s Parliament.pdf
Session 3 - Prof. Anne Twomey - The High Court on Election Funding.pdfSession 3 - Prof. Anne Twomey - The High Court on Election Funding.pdf
Session 4 - Dr Liam Weeks - Parliaments without parties.pdfSession 4 - Dr Liam Weeks - Parliaments without parties.pdf
Session 4 - David Blunt – Parliamentary speech and the locations of decision making.pdfSession 4 - David Blunt – Parliamentary speech and the locations of decision making.pdf
Session 5 - Prof. Simon Tormey - The Contemporary Crisis of Representative Democracy.pdfSession 5 - Prof. Simon Tormey - The Contemporary Crisis of Representative Democracy.pdf
Session 8 - Mr David Gibson - Disability, inclusion and democracy - An uncomfrtable fit.pdfSession 8 - Mr David Gibson - Disability, inclusion and democracy - An uncomfrtable fit.pdf
Session 8 - Mr Michael Tatham - Participation and power.pdfSession 8 - Mr Michael Tatham - Participation and power.pdf
Session 8 - Prof. Marian Sawer - Gender representation in parliament.pdfSession 8 - Prof. Marian Sawer - Gender representation in parliament.pdf


The ASPG conference follows the 28 September to 1 October Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference. The conference is hosted by the University of Sydney.
Information about the conference is available from: https://sites.google.com/site/apsa2014/