MONDAY 29TH APRIL 2013
Five Bills were passed in this third part of the 4th meeting of the 9th Parliament which resumed on the 25th of March 2013 and is on a special adjournment to the 25th of July 2013.
The Constituency Development Fund Bill 2013, the Police Bill 2013, Biosecurity Bill 2013, National Parliament Electoral Provisions ( Amendment) Bill 2013, the 2012 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2013 and the Prime Minister’s (Pensions and Benefits) Bill 2013 were the Bills that came before the House.
Two petitions were also brought before the House and were debated.
However, the petition on the CDF Bill was not supported.
Speaker of Parliament, Sir Allan Kemakeza has appointed the following Members of Parliament to be in the Special Select committee under Standing Order 73(3):
The members at their first meeting on the 26th of April 2013 elected Hon. John Moffat Fugui as Chairman according to Standing Order 73 (5).
THURSDAY 18TH APRIL 2013
ABOVE:A member of the Young Women's Parliamentary Group Albert Nori and youth representatives of Honiara hand over the signed petition forms
Parliament has referred the petition regarding short bus routes presented to it to a Special Select Committee after a request made under Standing Order 16 (6) was approved by the House on the 11th of April 2013.
The petition was spearheaded by the Young Women’s Parliamentary Group on behalf of the resident of Honiara City. It was submitted to the Member of Parliament for East Honiara, Hon. Douglas Ete who presented it to Parliament.
There has been public outcry in the media over this public transport hiccup but there seems to be no clear response from responsible authorities, thus, YWPG feels it is time such pressing issues are taken directly to our leaders’ attention.
The Speaker of Parliament will appoint Members of the Special Select Committee. It is up to the Speaker of when he will make appointments. Such committee dissolves as soon as it has completed its enquiry and reports back to Parliament the issue or bill referred to it.
YWPG is a group established under the Leadership of the Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands, Sir Allan Kemakeza and Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, the Chairman and members of the Parliamentary House Committee as patrons. It aimed at creating space for young women: to nurture and to train young women and male supporters to participate in leadership and influence government policies and laws.
FRIDAY 12TH APRIL 2013
A Bill seeking to make provisions for the payment of pensions and other benefits to former Prime Ministers who cease or have ceased to hold office has been withdrawn.
Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo who is also the mover of the Bill withdrew the Bill when he stood to windup debate on the second reading.
When withdrawing the Bill, the Prime Minister told Parliament that after his dialogue with Cabinet he agreed to withdraw the Bill as there is need for wider consultation.
The Pensions and Benefits Bill aimed at giving former Prime Ministers the same recognition as former Governor Generals.
The pension will be calculated at 80 percent of the annual salary of the current serving Prime Minister.
The current annual salary of the Prime Minister stands at $150,000.
A total of six Bills were brought to Parliament in this third part of the 4th meeting of this 9th Parliament. They are:
1. The Constituency Development Fund Bill 2013
Out of these six, five Bills were debated and passed.
By Joy Angi Rikimae
WEDNESDAY 27TH MARCH 2013
The Parliamentary Bills and Legislation Committee (BLC) have examined two Bills and are currently looking at the Biosecurity Bill 2013.
Coming up to be examined too is the National Parliament Electoral Provisions (Amendment) Bill 2013.
As stated in the Bill, the object and responsibility of this Bill is to ensure that the management and disbursement of Constituency Development Funds is carried out with integrity and in a prudent manner with a view to safeguarding the interest of potential recipients of the funds.
The Police Bill which was also examined is a Bill to provide for the organisation, discipline, powers and duties of the police force, is to repeal the Police Act (cap. 110) and for connected or incidental matters.
1. Governance of the Police Force and it’s administration
This Bill when becomes an Act shall come into force on such date as the Minister may appoint by notice in the gazette.
The Bill is currently under the examination of the Committee.
This means the possible capturing of finger prints of voters as well as photographs of the face area in addition to obtaining the usual data such as names and addresses which had been captured in the past.
WEDNESDAY 27TH MARCH 2013
ABOVE:New MP for Ngella Constituency, Hon. Johnley Hatimoana signs after making his oath on Monday the 25th of March 2013 in Parliament..
Newly elected MP for the Ngella Constituency took his oath before the House on Monday the 25th of March 2013, the third session of the fourth meeting of the 9th Parliament.
According to section 63 of the Constitution no Member of Parliament is permitted to take part in the proceedings of Parliament until they have made before Parliament an oath of allegiance.
Taking that oath would mean that the newly elected MP, Johnley Tekiou Hatimoana is now permitted to take part in the proceedings of Parliament.
Sir Allan further said; “having taken your oath you are now permitted to participate in the proceedings of this Honourable House. I wish you well as you commence your duty as a Member of Parliament of this House for Ngella Constituency.”
He made his first speech on the debate of the Constituency Development Funds Bill on the second day of sitting.
By Joy Angi Rikimae
MONDAY 25TH MARCH 2013
The 4th meeting of the 9th Parliament which adjourned on the 20th December 2012 will resume today.
The main business of the third part of this 4th meeting is to debate and pass a number of Bills by the government.
Two Bills had come for scrutiny before the Bills and Legislation Committee over the past two weeks. They are the Constituency Development Funds Bill 2013 and the Police Bill 2013.
The Constituency Development Funds Bill 2013 when it becomes an Act is to provide for the purpose of developing, supervising and regulating the management and disbursement of Constituency Development Funds in a transparent and accountable manner.
The Police Bill 2013 when it becomes an Act is to provide for the organisation, discipline, powers and duties of the police force, to repeal the police Act (cap. 110) and for connected or incidental matters.
Another Bill yet to be examined by the Bills and Legislation Committee but is also expected to come before the house is the Biosecurity Bill 2013.
Reports and recommendations from the Bills and Legislation Committee on the two bills will also be presented in Parliament.
MONDAY 25TH MARCH 2013
The Young Women’s Parliamentary Group (YWPG) met with the Member for East Honiara and West Honiara to raise the issue of petitioning Parliament about the current practice of shorter bus routes.
Both MP agree that this is a pressing issue that affects their constituents.
YWPG will, however, collect signatures from individuals who think that this is an issue that needs to be brought before Parliament in the upcoming meeting.
There has been public outcry in the media over this public transport hiccup but there seems to be no clear response from responsible authorities, thus, YWPG feels it is time such issues are taken directly to our Leaders attention.
YWPG is a group established under the Leadership of the Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands as patron. It aims at creating space for young women to nurture and train young women and male counterparts to participate in leadership.