New MPs in the spotlight at parliament

Wednesday September 19, 2018 Written by Published in Politics
Among the new MPs expected to make their maiden speeches today are new Cabinet ministers George Maggie, Rose Brown and Robert Tapiatau. They are pictured with prime minister Henry Puna following their swearing-in at Government House in July. 18091824 Among the new MPs expected to make their maiden speeches today are new Cabinet ministers George Maggie, Rose Brown and Robert Tapiatau. They are pictured with prime minister Henry Puna following their swearing-in at Government House in July. 18091824

Eleven new Members of Parliament (MPs) are expected to make their maiden speeches when the opening session of the Parliament starts today at 1pm.

 

The new MPs along with the returning ones will be sworn in following the appointment of the Speaker which is the main agenda of the day.

Prime minister Henry Puna will be nominating the Speaker and his pick is highly likely to be Niki Rattle, who served in the post during the last government term.

Following the nomination and election, the newly-elected Speaker will take the Oath of Allegiance before Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters at Government House in Titikaveka.

The MPs will be sworn in after the Speaker and the parliamentarians return to Parliament from Government House. Following this, the maiden speeches are expected to be made by the newcomers.

The ceremonial opening of the Parliament will take place tomorrow at the National Auditorium before Parliament resumes at 1pm.

Yesterday acting Clerk of Parliament Helen Maunga said the opening would be a very special occasion especially with the delivery of the message from the throne by Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters.

Everyone including private sector businesses, government employees, uniform organisations, primary school students were invited to attend, she added.

The dress code for the opening of Parliament is strictly formal and the Queen’s Chamber door will be closed at 9.45am.

On Friday, the tabling of the budget is expected to take centre stage following the Annual Budget Breakfast hosted by Finance minister Mark Brown at The Islander Hotel, starting at 7.30am.

Brown will present economic snapshots, budget basics, and new initiatives during the budget breakfast.

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