A three-days Special Session of the Tonga Parliament to deliberate over five Bills ended on Tuesday evening, March 12, after the House passed four Bills and deferred one Bill to the House’s Standing Committee on Legislation. One of the bills that establishes the organizational structure of the Tonga Pacific Games Organizing Committee (TPGOC) as a statutory corporation with separate legal entity, allows the CEO and members of the committee to set their own salaries. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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The 2013 session of the Tongan Legislative Assembly got off to a lively start on Thursday, 7 March, as members queried who had the right to call for this special and urgent session of the Tongan Parliament, and why? Lord Nuku expressed his astonishment over the fact that a special and urgent session of the Tongan Parliament was called for, while the leaders of the country, the King, the Prime Minister and the Speaker were all away overseas. From the House By Pesi Fonua.
Tonga’s King Tupou VI said today from Auckland that he hoped Government and Parliament would continue to work together to revive the Tongan economy, which has been badly affected by the global financial crisis. He outlined projects that were being undertaken by government in the hope of energizing economic development in his speech that was read out by Prince Tu’ipelehake, accompanied by Prince Tungi and Lord Luani for the opening of a special session of the Tonga Legislative Assembly today.
Three nobles will ‘softly’ open a special sitting of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga on Thursday March 7 to deliberate on five bills submitted by Government.
A grant of RMB$500,000 was pledged to the Legislative Assembly of Tonga during an official Parliamentary visit to the People’s Republic of China from October 28 to 3 November, when the MPs also learned about poverty alleviation initiatives and rural development in China’s least-developed provinces
Difficulties over the Tongan and English interpretations of the Tongan Constitution had the House in an uproar last week. There was a clash of strong opinions when it was discovered that the Tongan Clause 8 stopped short of spelling out the public’s right to petition the passing or the repealing of enactments, as stated in the English version. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
The 2011-2012 session of the Tonga Legislative Assembly was “softly” closed by Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala this morning, May 2.
Tonga is eager to learn from your experiences and share your knowledge, HM King Tupou VI told members of parliament from Commonwealth countries when he opened the 2012 mid-year Executive Meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre, Nuku’alofa this morning.
The 2012 mid-year Executive Meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association CPA will be opened by HM King Tupou VI at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre, Nuku’alofa on Wednesday April 18.
As members of Tonga’s Parliament try to navigate their way through political reform with their newly inherited political control, they have found themselves struggling with the fact that the auditor general is under the jurisdiction of the Speaker and the Parliament itself. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.