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Parliament is adjourned until 9:30 am on Tuesday 27 November 2018.  

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THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2018

Parliament at its adjournment on Wednesday 13th November 2018 is on special adjournment until Tuesday 27th November 2018.

Prime Minister Rick Hounipwela moved a motion for this special adjournment purposely for these two reasons;

  • To allow the Public Accounts Committee to deliberate on the two financial Bills namely the 2019 Appropriation Bill 2018 and the 2018 supplementary (No. 2) Bill 2018.
  • And also to allow the Prime Minister to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Leader of the Official Opposition Hon Manasseh Maelanga whilst supporting the motion says he’s a bit worried on the time frame allocated for them to deliberate on the government’s remaining bills.

“We are going towards the end of our term in this 10th Parliament and attendance is very important in order to pass the two financial Bills and other remaining Bills that are meant for passing in this current sitting” Hon Maelanga told Parliament this morning.

The Opposition leader further advises the government to push the remaining Bills forward in this current meeting since the time frame allocated for these proceedings is ticking around the clock.

He therefore strongly advises the government to attend to all Parliament sittings so that the issue of quorum won’t be raised every time Parliament sits when deliberating on important Bills.

Hon. MP for Aoke Langalanga Mathew Wale in his short remarks to support the special adjournment motion reminded MP’s to be serious about government business in Parliament.

Hon. Wale told members of Parliament this morning to turn up on time in every Parliament meetings. He also uttered his disappointment with the Speaker of Parliament in that the speaker usually pronounces 9:30am as the starting time for the next sitting day but the speaker himself also falls back with the MP’s timing to 10:30am before convening parliament.

“When we arrived at 10:30am we simply breached the adjournment motion that the speaker pronounces for the next sitting day, and it supposed to start at 9:30am” Hon. Wale told Parliament.

The Aoke Langalanga MP stressed that if MP’s want to be business like or to take the attitude of proactively doing the work that People mandated them to do then they should be in Parliament before 9:30am.

“There is no other excuse that is better than not better to block our coming to attend Parliament meetings, if ministers do not give that level of importance and significance to Parliamentary business then I don’t know why they should be here in Parliament” Hon Wale strongly told Parliament this morning.

Other Members who spoke on the motion supported the motion as they understand well the heavy task the PAC would carry out in the next two weeks as mandated by Parliament, despite them sharing other issues of concern surrounding the short time frame they have in the short life of this 10th Parliament.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance and treasury has already presented his second reading speech in Parliament today for both the 2019 budget and the 2018 supplementary appropriation (No.2) Bill 2018. Speaker of National Parliament Ajilon Nasiu adjourned debate of both Bills today as per standing order 61(2), so it is very likely Members will debate both financial Bills when Parliament resumes on Tuesday 27th November 2018.

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