Parliament to backdate agenda for debates

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National Parliament of Solomon Islands
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By Gary Hatigeva

TODAY the Solomon Islands National Parliament is expected to go through businesses that were left out last week after the house was adjourned in three consecutive days.

Parliament was last week, forced to adjourn its first and second day meetings due to low turnout from members to form a quorum, and what government claimed to be delays from responsible committees to prepare necessary reports for tabling.

Unfortunately, on Friday, Parliament was again adjourned but this time, based on standing orders of the House, which disallows for the tabling of any government motions or bills.

However, before first day’s adjournment, the government was able to present the Constitution (Amendment) (Dual Citizenship) Bill 2017, for its first reading, but was unable to go through its second reading because of the adjournments.

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Meanwhile, the Rick Hou-led government is anticipating a successful second and third readings and a thorough debate into the Constitution (Amendment) (Dual Citizenship) Bill 2017, when Members of Parliament all return for a full house meeting this morning.

Other businesses that were left out included a Question and Answer session where the Member of Parliament for Aoke/Langalanga, Matthew Wale, is expected to question the Prime Minister over government’s decision on the method and price of acquisition of the Tenaru land for a national park.

Wale is also expected to question the PM over his recent statement made at the Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting in PNG last month.

In his recent trip to handover the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) chairmanship to his Papua New Guinea counterpart, the Prime Minister Hounipwela apologised for sour relations within MSG, which Wale intends to ask what the causes and nature of these sour relations were and which member countries were involved.

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