Parliament main focus

Monday June 13, 2016 Written by Published in Politics

With the opening parliament sitting of the year kicking off last week, things are expected to get intense with debates centered on key issues of na-tional interest this week.


The opposition left no stones unturned during the question and answer sessions last week to grill the ministers on the latest developments in their respective ministries.

As expected, issues such as Te Mato Vai, purse seining, road works and budget took centre stage.

A select committee to look after the Te Mato Vai issues was formed and a motion for a select committee to look after purse seining issues was put before the parliament by Prime Minister Henry Puna. There were also a number of papers presented by the respective ministers.

A healthy debate on the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility Bill 2016 and Transport Bill Amendment 2016 took place last week.

This week, debate on the proposed 2016/17 budget is expected to be the highlight at parliament, with the opposition expected to come prepared to dispute some of government’s planned spending in the next financial year.

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