Yesterday afternoon, Councillor Angela Vithoulkas, representing the Lord Mayor, hosted Mr. Abul Hasanat Abdullah, Honourable Member of Parliament & Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of LGRD & Cooperatives, and delegation.
The Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives, Govt. of Bangladesh, have sought our assistance in a familiarisation programme to Australia.
Both parties enjoyed the visit, with the gift of a boomerang being presented to Mr Abdullah. The delegates were excited to see Sydney Town Hall, and look forward to coming back to learn about how we execute local government.
One interesting thing about Bangladesh’s political system is the reserved seats for female MPs – of the 350 seats in Parliament, 50 are reserved for women. Bangladesh’s Jatiya Sangsad (Parliament) currently has 69 female members, raising the number of female MPs to 20%.
Australia has a growing population of Bangladeshi people, with the census in 2011 recording 27,809 Bangladesh-born people in Australia, an increase of 72.8% from the 2006 census. NSW has the largest population of Bangladesh-born, with 17,007 living in the state.