TUESDAY 18TH APRIL 2017
At the adjournment of Parliament on Monday the 10th of April 2017, the 5th meeting of the 10th Parliament has concluded with a sine die motion moved by the Hon. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.
All members of Parliament who spoke on the motion supported the motion despite sharing their various concerns and views that are of national interest.
Following is a brief summary of Parliamentary business that was conducted during this meeting from the 1st of November 2016 to the 10th of April 2017.
During the 46 sitting days, a total of 9 bills were debated and passed. They were;
o The Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill 2016;
o The Land Surveyors Bill 2016;
o The Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016;
o The Child and Family Welfare Bill 2016;
o The Pacific Games 2023 Bill 2016;
o The Solomon Islands Tertiary Education and Skills Authority Bill 2016;
o The Wildlife Protection and Management (Amendment) Bill 2016;
o The 2016 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2017; and
o The 2017 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2017.
There were three Bills that are still before the House to consider;
o The Whistle blowers Protection Bill 2016;
o The Anti-Corruption Bill 2016; and
o The Ombudsman Bill 2016.
There were two Private members’ motions debated and passed;
o Motion No. 21 - Formula for fair allocation of CDF (Hon. Sikua, Leader of the Independent Group)
“That Parliament resolves that the Government considers introducing a Formula that reflects a fair allocation of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to each of the 50 Constituencies in Solomon Islands commencing in 2018 based on population, remoteness, hardship and other factors.”
o Motion No. 22 – Inquiry into proposed amendment to the preamble of the Constitution (Hon. Wale, Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee)
“That Parliament resolves to direct the Constitution Review Committee to inquire into an Amendment to the Preamble of the Constitution which will have the effect of declaring that Solomon Islands is a Christian Country.”
A total of 71 Questions were asked & answered during the recent 5th meeting and 26 Papers or reports have been tabled. These were ranging from State Owned Enterprise (SOE) Annual/Financial reports to the Ministries’ Annual reports and corporate plans, Government’s policies/Strategies/White Papers and Parliamentary Committee reports etc.
Adjournment sine die comes from the Latin “without day,” meaning “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing.”
A legislative body adjourns sine-die when it adjourns without appointing a day on which to appear or assemble again.
Thus Parliament is adjourned Sine Die.