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The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee has convened its hearing into the 2018 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2018 on Monday 13th August 2018.

The object of this Bill is to authorize additional supplementary expenditure of two hundred and twenty five million, nine hundred and sixty two thousand, and six hundred and seventy three dollars for the service of the year ending 31st December 2018.

This supplementary appropriation is to supplement additional expenditure and expenditure already authorized by the Minister for Finance and Treasury under provisions in the 2018 through contingencies warrants and advance warrants.

Ministries or stakeholders that have appeared before the Committee on day one (Monday 13th August 2018) include the Central Bank of Solomon Islands, Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services and the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. However, the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet will appear again for further deliberations with the Committee.

Day two (Tuesday 14th August 2018) of the PAC hearing saw the Committee scrutinizes another five line Ministries with their submission heads in the 2018 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2018. The Ministries that appeared before the PAC on day two of inquiry include the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Communications and Aviation.

Other remaining Ministries will continue today (Wednesday 15th August) and probably conclude by Thursday or Friday this week.

A report containing recommendations of the hearing will be compiled later for MP's to prepare them in their debate before passing the Bill. The 2018 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2018 has been introduced in second reading by the Minister of Finance and Treasury on Friday the 10th August 2018.

Parliament is currently on Special Adjournment until Wednesday 22nd August 2018 to allow the PAC execute its oversight role.


An Australian volunteer, Ms Emma Wakeling is on a six months attachment with the National Parliament Civic Education Unit.

Ms Wakeling is here to support the Parliament Education Unit’s Objective 4 of the Departmental Annual Work plan 2018.

She will be focusing specifically on the final editing of the Teachers Resource Book, liaise with the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Division in ensuring that the Teachers Resource Book meets the Curriculum requirements, facilitate the launching of the Teachers Resource Book, develop a teacher training manual and facilitate a teacher training workshop.

Ms Wakeling graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in English and History at LaTrobe University in Victoria. She also graduated with Diploma in Education (Secondary) at the Australian Catholic University in Teaching methods, English, Humanities (SOSE) and Religious Education.

She previously served as the Head of Humanities Faculty at Loreto College Ballarat, Melbourne. She has a very wide experience in curriculum development and have worked in schools for more than 10 years.

Apart from her duties in the role as Head of Humanities at Loreto College, she also teaches Global Politics, Commerce, Sociology, Religious Education and Pastoral Care.

Ms Wakeling in an interview said that she had always been interested in the world around her and have a passion for politics, human rights, equality and justice.

Volunteering as a Curriculum Support Officer in the Parliament Civics Education Unit in the National Parliament of Solomon Islands is a practical way for her to act out these values while also experiencing another culture.

In the 6 months she hope to help the PCEU team publish their Teachers Resource book while also being able to get out and explore as much of the Solomon Islands as she can.

She has only been in Honiara for 3 weeks and have enjoyed exploring Central Market, the many Bale shops in town, practicing her Pidgin and have swum in the warm waters of Visale.

Just only a week role in at PCEU she already feels at ease and excited about the task at hand, she finds the staff very helpful and generous and looks forward to knowing them more. Her six months attachment with the National Parliament Civic department will lapse in January 2019.

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