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A move by the Tongan government to shift the selection of the judiciary from the King in Council to the Cabinet and the Legislative Assembly has stirred up a confrontational debate about the independence of the judiciary in the Tongan parliament during the past few weeks. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
Saturday 23 August 2014
Three-months out from Tonga’s General Election on 27 November, the countdown to the big day has begun in Nuku’alofa.
Monday 18 August 2014 - 1 comment
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A mystery surrounds negotiations for two of Tonga’s orbital slots and the signing by the Tonga Government of an agreement with a satellite operator in the Asia Pacific region. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
Thursday 7 August 2014 - 1 comment
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Tonga will be represented at the Australian Football League AFL 2014 International Cup competition in Australia from 9-23 August, thanks to the generosity of the Tongan Parliament. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
Friday 1 August 2014 - 1 comment
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The Tongan parliament yesterday, July 28, passed a Bill, raising the alcoholic drinking age from 18 to 21 years old. Alcohol is blamed for fuelling violent behaviour by some teenagers. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
Tuesday 29 July 2014 - 2 comments
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Tonga’s Acting Commissioner for Public Relations, ‘Aisea Taumoepeau, is upset over the Matangi Tonga report From the House: “Tonga’s up-hill struggle with corruption” of July 16. By Pesi Fonua.
Sunday 20 July 2014
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The Tongan Government appears to be struggling to put in place an anti-corruption mechanism. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
Wednesday 16 July 2014 - 2 comments
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The Tongan Parliament, during its budgetary debate on 24 June increased the domestic travel allowances of the Speaker, Members of Parliament and the staff by unspecified amount. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
Thursday 3 July 2014 - 1 comment
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Fearing that a visit to Taiwan might damage Tonga’s diplomatic relationship with China, Tonga’s Parliament has stopped its Speaker from attending this year’s Asia Pacific Parliamentary Union (APPU) meeting in Taiwan. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
Friday 27 June 2014 - 1 comment
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Tonga’s first Justices of the Peace were sworn in at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court, on Wednesday, 18 June.
Saturday 21 June 2014
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Tonga’s Attorney General Neil Adsett has announced he is stepping down, stating that, “I confirm that I am finishing up soon as Attorney General in Tonga. It is the right time now for a Tongan lawyer to take over, especially with important cabinet meetings, parliament sessions and elections later this year.”
Friday 20 June 2014
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The state of democracy in Tonga, since a more democratic system of government was introduced three years ago, was the focus of a 10 days ‘Festival of Democracy’ that opened on June 17, at the ‘Atenisi University campus, Kolomotu’a.
Thursday 19 June 2014
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Mo’ale Finau, the No. 12 People’s Representative for Ha’apai was ordered out of parliament this morning,16 June by the Speaker, Lord Fakafanua. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 16 June 2014 - 2 comments
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Tonga’s biggest annual budget of $483.7 million Pa’anga was presented to the Tongan Parliament by the Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr ‘Aisake Eke this morning, 11 June, revealing that government is depending on aid donors to finance 59% of its expenditure. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
Wednesday 11 June 2014
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HM King Tupou VI in opening the 2014 Legislative Assembly of Tonga today, stressed that economic growth should remain the focus of attention in Tonga’s efforts to improve its economic and social standards.
Thursday 5 June 2014
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HM King Tupou VI will open the last session of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga for the 2010-14 term on Thursday, June 5. The General Election is set for November 27 this year.
Tuesday 3 June 2014
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The verbatim reporting of the proceedings of the Tongan Parliament does not interpret accurately the meaning of what has been said in parliament, according to Gloria Pole’o, the Clerk of the Tonga Legislative Assembly. From the House, By Pesi Fonua.
Sunday 18 May 2014 - 1 comment
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In response to a Public Notice issued by the Electoral Boundaries Commission on May 6, stating that they have been offended by my report From the House, headlined Election deadline looms as House rejects changes to constituencies, published in the Matangi Tonga Online on Friday, April 25, 2014 - 20:00, I would like to reply that we stand by our story. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 12 May 2014 - 2 comments
Tonga’s Parliament, for the fourth year in a row, on March 31 rejected the 2010-2014 Annual Report of the Electoral Boundaries Commission. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
Friday 25 April 2014 - 2 comments
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A government decision and a Parliamentary Motion to stop the construction of temporary houses for the victims of Cyclone Ian in Ha’apai has left the reconstruction in limbo, as the government pursues its objective of allowing only the building of 800 permanent houses at a cost of $48 million, even though no one knows where the funding will come from. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
Tuesday 22 April 2014 - 1 comment
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