Foreign Minister B.Battsetseg met with the Honorable Sharon Claydon, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament, Tanya Lawrence, Member of the Australian Parliament and Chair of the Australia-Mongolia Parliamentary Friendship Group, as well as other members of the Friendship group, to discuss the relations between the two countries, including inter-parliamentary cooperation.
The upper house of the Australian Parliament, known as the Senate, consists of 76 seats. Each of the 6 states in the country elects 12 senators for 6-year terms, while the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory each elect 2 senators for 3-year terms. In contrast, the lower house of Parliament, the House of Representatives, has 151 seats and is elected for a 3-year term.
In 2022, the Australia-Mongolia Parliamentary Friendship group was established, comprising 38 members of Parliament. This includes prominent figures such as the President of the Senate, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Deputy Prime Minister, 13 senators including key ministers such as the Minister of Defense, the Minister for Resources, and the Minister of Employment and Workplace Relations, 24 members of the House of Representatives, and 4 Cabinet ministers.
The Honorable Tanya Lawrence, Chair of the Australia-Mongolia Parliamentary Friendship Group, have recently visited Mongolia in July and participated in the Mongolian Economic Forum leading over 100 representatives from major Australian businesses and enterprises.