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A group photo of the Māori Affairs Committee and members from the Australian Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.

The Māori Affairs Committee with members of the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. Photo: Louise Upston MP.

9 November 2012
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Māori Affairs Committee visit to Australia

An inquiry into the determinants of well-being for Māori children was a focus of the recent visit to Australia by the Māori Affairs Committee. The committee travelled to Sydney, Canberra and Alice Springs as part of the annual Joint Select Committee Exchange with the Australia Commonwealth Parliament.

The delegation was led by the committee’s deputy chairperson, the Hon Parekura Horomia. The other members of the delegation were Louise Upston, Katrina Shanks, Louisa Wall, Rino Tirikatene, Metiria Turei, Te Ururoa Flavell, and Hone Harawira.

As well as gathering information for its inquiry, the committee focused on learning about Australian Government and non-Government efforts to support indigenous Australia children.

The programme began in Sydney, where the committee visited Aboriginal community outreach projects and met with academics at the University of Sydney specialising in indigenous strategy and services. In Canberra the committee visited the Australian Parliament and met with its counterparts on the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, presiding officers, and Ministers. It also met with academics working in the area of indigenous well-being. In Alice Springs the committee visited local community projects.

The Joint Select Committee Exchange is an annual exchange of committees from the New Zealand and Australian Commonwealth Parliaments. Earlier this year the New Zealand Parliament hosted the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network of the Australian House of Representatives in a reciprocal visit. One committee from each Parliament travels each year under the exchange.