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Australian Parliamentarians to Give Effective Oversight Seminar

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Written by DAP NEWS -- Wednesday, 02 September 2009

An “effectively oversight technique seminar” will be held in Phnom Penh hosted by the Parliament of Cambodia, according to a UN agency’s press release on Tuesday.

The UN Development Progamme (UNDP) said that this seminar was provided by visiting Australian parliamentarians Hon. Dr. Brendan Nelson, MP, Australian House of Representatives, and Lan Harris, Clerk to the Australian House of Representatives. “Parliamentary oversight is a key responsibility of every government. It includes processes such as debates on legislation, budget decision-making, parliamentary question time and parliamentary committees,” said the statement. “Through these processes, a government is held accountable for its decisions to its citizens, and ensures that government policy and action are both efficient and commensurate with the needs of the public. It is an essential check-and-balance mechanism.”

The seminar will provide a valuable chance for Cambodian members of the National Assembly and Senate to learn from the experiences of another Government’s decision makers.

The event will include sessions on accountability, the role of parliamentary committees, oversight institutions, such as Ombudspersons, Human Right Commissions, Anti-Commissions and the Auditor Gener- al’s Office.

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