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Kay Hull selected as Inter Parliamentary Union delegate.

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Press Release 15 February 2005

KAY HULL SELECTED AS INTER PARLIAMENTARY UNION DELEGATE The Nationals Member for Riverina Kay Hull has been elected to represent the Australian Parliament as a member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Mrs Hull said she was delighted to be elected as an Australian representative and looked forward to the challenges the new role will bring. “The IPU, the world organisation of parliaments, is the oldest multilateral political organisation,” Mrs Hull said. “It was established in 1889 and currently brings together 140 affiliated parliaments and seven associated regional assemblies. “Twice a year delegates come together for five days of discussion and hard work, debating a whole range of issues. “My membership of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, together with one other government member and two opposition members of the Australian Parliament, is for the duration of this parliament. Mrs Hull’s first conference will be held in Manila in March and will see her debating issues of importance not just in Australia but on a global scale. “I am really looking forward to this very challenging parliamentary appointment and hope the experience will assist my representation including in many areas including drug abuse,” Mrs Hull said. The Union is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation and for the firm establishment of representative democracy. The IPU has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and also has an office in New York, which acts as its permanent observer at the United Nations. “The Australian Government has earmarked $1 billion for the Hume Highway upgrade, with the next objective being continuous duplication to the Sturt Highway turn-off.