Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG)
Western Australian Chapter

The Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) 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 Professor Colleen Lewis.


Membership of the Western Australian Chapter costs $60 per year and entitles you to:

  • Two issues per year of the Australasian Parliamentary Review
  • Attendance at WA Chapter dinner seminars or other functions free of charge
  • Discounted registration fee at ASPG Annual Conferences 

To become a member, complete the membership form.

ASPG Membership PDF form

For further information, contact Isla Macphail, Secretary-Treasurer, Australasian Study of Parliament Group, WA Chapter
Address: Parliament House, Perth WA 6000
Telephone: 08 9222 7219

Associate Membership

Full-time students may join as Associate Members for an annual fee of $30. While Associate Members will be exempt from function door fees, they will not receive copies of the Australasian Parliamentary Review.

Annual Conference

The ASPG holds an annual conference hosted by the Australasian parliaments on a rotational basis. The 2017 ASPG Conference, on the topic: 'Engaging Parliament: Fostering Parliament’s Relationship With its Stakeholders' will be hosted by the Parliament of Tasmania in Hobart from 27 to 29 September. 

The 2013 Conference was hosted by the Parliament of Western Australian from 2 to 4 October 2013 on the topic: 'Oversight: Parliamentary Committees, Corruption Commissions and Parliamentary Statutory Officers'. 

- 2013 ASPG 'Oversight' Conference Programme

- 2013 ASPG 'Oversight' Conference Papers

- 2013 ASPG 'Oversight' Conference Videos

Conference topics from previous years are outlined below: 

Year Host Chapter Theme
2016 South Australia The Restoration and Enhancement of Parliaments' Reputation
2015 New Zealand Modernising Parliament: Rethinking Parliament for the Next Generation
2014 New South Wales How Representative is Representative Democracy?
2013 Western Australia Oversight: Parliamentary Committees, Corruption Commissions and Parliamentary Statutory Officers
2012 Northern Territory Constitutions - Reviewed, Revised and Adapted
2011 Victoria The Executive vs Parliament: Who Wins?
2010 Australian Capital Territory The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Perceptions of Parliament
2009 Tasmania The Changing Face of Parliamentary Opposition - Independents, Parties and Houses
2008 Queensland Parliament and the People: Engagement, Representation and Participation


Upcoming WA Chapter Events

The WA Chapter of the ASPG will be hosting a dinner seminar on  14 September 2017. The guest speaker will be Australia’s leading psephologist and political commentator Antony Green who will be canvassing the 2017 WA State General Election and electoral reform among other topics.

Recent WA Chapter Events

The most recent WA Chapter event was a supper seminar at which the outgoing Auditor General, Colin Murphy PSM, addressed the Group on the topic: ’10 years of audit… ‘Dollars and Sense’.

The WA Chapter of the ASPG hosted a dinner seminar on Thursday 15 September 2016 on the topic 'Parliament and the Courts’. The guest speaker was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, Hon Wayne Martin AC. Providing a parliamentary perspective was a panel of lawyer-MPs including Hon Michael Sutherland MLA, Hon Adele Farina MLC, Dr Tony Buti MLA, Hon Nick Goiran MLC and Hon Peter Katsambanis MLC.

- View the recording of the 2016 seminar

The WA Chapter of the ASPG hosted a supper seminar at Parliament House on Tuesday 21 June 2016 featuring the Western Australian Information Commissioner, Mr Sven Bluemmel, who presented a talk on 'Freedom of information - The Parliamentary Perspective'.

The WA Chapter of the ASPG hosted a dinner seminar at Parliament House on Thursday 17 September 2015 featuring Dr Martin Drum and a panel of MPs addressing the topic: 'Modernising the Parliament'.

On Tuesday 16 June 2015 the WA Chapter of the ASPG hosted a supper seminar featuring WA's new Electoral Commissioner, Mr David Kerslake, who discussed the topic: 'Are Western Australia's Electoral Laws Stuck in a Horse and Buggy Timewarp?'


Other Material

National ASPG Site