$300,000 for renos to Parlt. debating chamber

Wednesday June 12, 2019 Written by Published in Politics

Government will move to amend its Budget today, to provide an extra $300,000 for refurbishments to Parliament’s debating chamber.

Deputy prime minister Mark Brown gave a short ministerial statement yesterday, giving notice to the House of a change to the Budget. Brown later told Cook Islands News that an extra $300,000 was required by Parliamentary Services.

“This is to allow much-needed refurbishment of the Parliament chamber,” said Brown, who is also the finance minister.

The newspaper understands a proposal for refurbishment of the Parliament chamber was first made to government in 2014, but there was no appropriation made for this project.

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In the 2019/20 Budget, the government allocated additional funding to Parliament to recruit key positions.

It also appropriated $100,000 for a special select committee to consult on various bills, $120,000 for the House of Ariki, $30,000 to increase the parliamentary sitting budget and $200,000 to increase the MP travel budget.

The government has also allocated $800,000 for the Civil List personnel.

This has increased the 2019/20 gross appropriation for Parliament to $4.7 million – plus the additional $300,000 taking it to a round $5 million.

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