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The Cook Islands has joined a coalition of countries aimed at fighting tax avoidance and easing cross-border tax dispute resolution.
Speaker of Parliament Niki Rattle will chair a Standing Orders committee, set up to look into revising the rules regulating parliamentary proceedings.
Democratic Party Opposition leader Terepai Maoate says government must proceed with utmost caution, and the strictest due diligence must be conducted on every aspect of the Merchant of Paradise plan for development of the outer islands, before a decision is reached on whether or not it should be presented to the government of China.
Deputy prime minister Mark Brown’s criticism of the Court of Appeal’s judgement which made her the new MP for Rakahanga is disgraceful, says Democratic party leader Tina Browne.
The Democratic Party has welcomed the final outcome of the Court of Appeal in the Rakahanga constituency which has given it another seat now that Tina Browne has been declared the rightful winner of the seat in the June 2018 general election.
Deputy prime minister Mark Brown says consultation meetings have received “overwhelmingly positive” feedback on seabed mineral exploration plans from two of the islands in the northern group.