Parliament sat late last night with the goal to pass the Value Added Tax (VAT) bill, as yesterday’s sitting was the last for the opening Parliamentary session of the year.
Informal agreements and goodwill among the Members of Parliament (MPs) is important and essential to supplement Standing Orders and the formal processes of Parliament, says Prime Minister Henry Puna.
Finance minister Mark Brown called the controversial tax amnesty proposed by government ‘bold decision making to reduce tax’ during his ministerial statement in Parliament yesterday.
Question time in yesterday’s opening session of Parliament devolved into a squabble between members that left the Speaker Niki Rattle exasperated.
New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands Peter Marshall challenged local Members of Parliament (MPs) to be on top of their game when it comes to scrutinising bills and attending select committee hearings.
The second sitting of parliament for 2017 ended on a high on Tuesday with prime minister Henry Puna’s announcement that the government will provide a bus for schoolchildren on Mangaia.