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Australia-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program

The Sixth Delegation to Japan
October 23–November 1, 1996

The sixth Australian delegation visited Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka on October 23-November 1, 1996. National elections had been held on October 20 under a new electoral system, and the close results opened up a struggle for a coalition government. The nine-member delegation, consisting of federal and state members of parliament and staff members, met with several figures of the post-election period, among them Takako Doi, chair of the Social Democratic Party, and senior members of the emerging New Frontier Party. Shinichi Yoshida, senior political correspondent for the Asahi Shimbun, spoke to the group on the implications of the election. The week's agenda also included meetings with leaders who spoke on Australia-Japan relations, the economic outlook for Japan, the environment, and the role of unions in Japanese politics. From Tokyo, the delegation moved on to Kyoto, Hiroshima, and then Fukuoka, where the group met with business leaders, traveled to corporate and industrial sites, and visited two nonprofit overseas technology training organizations.

Participants List

Delegation Leader

Dr. Andrew Southcott MPMember, Federal Parliament (Liberal)

Liberal

Mr. Robert Doyle MPMember, Victorian Parliament
Mr. John Day MLAMember, Western Australian Legislative Assembly

National

Ms. Gaye WhiteChief of Staff, Federal Senator for New South Wales

Labor

Mr. John HillState Secretary, ALP South Australian Branch
Ms. Maggie DeahmFormer Member, Federal Parliament
Ms. Janice MayesPresident, Australian Services Union
Ms. Lenka PeraicPersonal Secretary, Federal Senator for New South Wales

Australian Political Exchange Council

Ms. Carolyn HughesSecretary to Delegation