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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Editor's note: the Budget statement and Budget have not been released to the press, so all the figures presented here are sourced from the minutes of the debate and cannot be verified. Likewise, the comparative year figures cannot be clarified or verified without sight of the Budget columns. Debate continued, on Thursday June 17
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Budget statement and Budget have not been released to the press, so all the figures presented here are sourced from the minutes of the debate and cannot be verified. (Likewise, the comparative year figures cannot be clarified or verified without sight of the Budget columns.)
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The legality of the Wet Lease Agreement that was signed by the former Chief Executive Officer of Royal Tongan Airlines, Logan Appu, with the Royal Brunei Airlines on 25 November 2002 was questioned by 'Akilisi Pohiva in the Tongan Parliament on June 17.
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
As a small developing country with a depressed economy Tonga, is making a massive contribution to restoring peace and stability in Iraq and the Solomons.
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Thursday 10 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The half day session for the Tongan parliament on June 1 gave MPs just enough time to decide to take the rest of the week off. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 10 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After taking a break since June 1 the Tongan Legislature reconvened on Monday June 7 to start working on the 2004-2005 Budget.
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Thursday 10 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Temo, has been mockingly misused by Clive Edwards and Sangster Saulala's TV OBN appearances, says Rev. Simote Vea of the Human Rights & Democracy Movement In Tonga.
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Tuesday 1 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was not a Member in the Tongan parliament who understood what the King of Tonga meant when he said in his speech from the Throne to open the Tongan Parliament on Thursday May 27, that a group of foreign investors would be arriving in Tonga this month to invest hundreds of millions of dollars. -From the House, Minute no. 1, Monday 31 May 2004.
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Thursday 27 May 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of Tongan People's Representatives are calling for the resignation of Tonga's Prime Minister, Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata, after boycotting the opening of the Tonga Legislative Assembly by the King this morning.
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Law
Wednesday 14 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Although the long-awaited report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the operation of the Royal Tongan Airlines was approved by the Privy Council on April 8 for release to the public, the report can't be printed until government makes funds available.
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Thursday 8 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a Tongan parliamentary By-election on April 7 the Noble Fotofili was elected as the new Noble's Representative of Niuatoputapu and Niua Fo'ou islands to the Tongan Legislative Assembly.
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Thursday 1 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chief Secretary to the Tongan Cabinet, 'Eseta Fusitu'a is disputing and discrediting the US State Department's 2003 report that cited Tonga's "poor record" on Human Rights.
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Tuesday 2 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Political activist Lopeti Senituli, has left his job as Director of the Tonga Human Rights and Democracy Movement after disagreements, and on March 1 became the new Director of the Tonga Community Development Trust.
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Thursday 19 February 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is an urgent need to improve the current status of the Tongan government, Prince Tu'ipelehake said in Tonga, on Friday 13th, referring to what he called black clouds over the community. "What is most important to be done right now is for the chiefs, the government and the people of Tonga to be united in our search for the ultimate solution to the problem, which is beginning to come over us like a band of black cloud. It is urgently needed for us to decide on ways to improve the current status of our government," he said.
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Wednesday 7 January 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prince Tu'ipelehake, in an unprecedented move by a member of the Tongan Royal Family, has called on the Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, to use his influence to pressure the Tongan government to further democratise its Constitutional Monarchy system of government.
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Law
Tuesday 30 December 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Now that they are illegal, Tongan adoptions will not be recognised by other countries From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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Tuesday 30 December 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
How they voted in the House, the 16 members who voted to curb free speech were: Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata, James Cecil Cocker, William Clive Edwards, Dr Masasso T. Paunga, Dr Viliami Ta‘u Tangi, Hon. Fielakepa, Siosiua Tupou ‘Utoikamanu, ‘Aisea Havea Taumoepeau, Paula Sunia Bloomfield, Hon. Tuita, Hon. Malupo, Hon. ‘Akau‘ola, Hon. Fohe, Hon. Nuku, Hon. Havea Tu‘iha‘angana, and Hon. Tu‘i‘afitu. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
Tuesday 30 December 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Democratic reform will help to preserve the dignity of the King, and his links with his people, says Taimi ‘o Tonga publisher, Kalafi Moala. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Democratic reform will help to preserve the dignity of the King, and his links with his people, says Taimi 'o Tonga publisher, Kalafi Moala. - Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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Law
Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government has introduced one of the heaviest penalties for drug offenders imposed by any government in the region. -Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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