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Thursday 10 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Standing Committee on Legislation will resume its public consultations next week.
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Thursday 18 October 2012
NUku'alofa, Tonga
At the end of the Tonga Legislative Assembly's 2012 session, early today, Hon. Siosifa Tu'utafaiva, the Chairman of its Whole House Committee, was named by the Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano, as the Tongan Parliamentarian of the year. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 16 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Bill to increase the government expenditure for the 2012-13 financial year by more than $4.1 million pa'anga was passed by the Tongan parliament this afternoon, including $305,000 to meet extra expenses of the House. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 14 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's government is once again trying to drastically reduce penalties for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, by reintroducing a controversial amendment bill, despite the fact that the late King George Tupou V withheld his consent in 2011 because it was considered to be "inimical to the welfare, well-being and safety of His subjects."
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Wednesday 10 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Akilisi Pohiva's talk of laying criminal charges against the Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano for allegedly misappropriating millions of government funds, caused a stir in Tonga's parliament this morning. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 10 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After the Tongan Parliament rejected a motion for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister and his Cabinet on Monday, the House opened yesterday, bubbling with emotions high and low, as members could not wait to let their feelings be heard. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 5 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When members of parliament presented their reports of how they had spent their allocations of $117,647 each on their national tours, they became embroiled in debate over the report of 'Akilisi Pohiva, whose report called for the termination of the Lord title with noble privileges that was created by the late King George Tupou V. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 4 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Minister of Education in parliament is calling for 'Akilisi Pohiva to apologise to the New Zealand Government, to herself and to the Tongan people for making misleading and unfounded allegations about the donor funding received by the Ministry of Education. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 3 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan parliament yesterday approved the handing over of the controversial NDC Report to a second "independent" parliamentary select committee to deal with it. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 2 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After spending a month arguing over the report of a parliamentary select committee on how the former government spent a $119 million loan from China on the reconstruction of Nuku'alofa, after it was destroyed in riots on 16 November 2006, Tonga's parliament now simply does not know what to do with the report. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Sunday 30 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
People's Representative 'Akilisi Pohiva who is accused of swearing in the House on Wednesday, September 26, is now facing a possible suspension from parliament. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 12 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Since Monday, September 10, the Tongan Parliament has been trying to decide what to do with a new motion by the Minister of Justice, Hon. Clive Edwards for a parliamentary select committee to go and find out why protesters burned the Nuku'alofa Central Business District on 16 November 2006. Clive's new motion riled up emotional and aggressive comments from members of the House who reminded him that there were court cases and they had got off, but if he wanted to go back to the past they might get caught this time. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 2 September 2012

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Parliamentary Select Committee that investigated the rebuilding of the Nuku'alofa CBD claims that a $119 million loan to Tonga from the Exim Bank of China was illegal, in a report released on Friday August 31, 2012. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 2 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan parliament was in an uproar this afternoon as members who supported a Motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister were given the floor to counter the written response of the Prime Minister that had been read to the parliament over the previous five days of sitting. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 24 July 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Motion for a Vote of No Confidence against the Prime Minister and government was unconstitutional and should be rejected by the House, the Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano stated in his response to the Tongan parliament yesterday, July 23.
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Tuesday 26 June 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister that was scheduled to be debated in the House tomorrow, June 27, will now be deferred to Thursday, June 28, the Chief Clerk of the House, Sione Tekieki confirmed this afternoon.
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Monday 25 June 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will have a new national domestic airline, flying by early 2013, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Samiu Vaipulu told the Tongan Parliament on Monday, June 18. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 1 May 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Legislative Assembly held a special sitting today, to discuss two reports on a National Spatial Planning and Management Bill 2011 and a National Retirement Benefits Scheme (Amendment) Bill 2011.
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Tuesday 7 February 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's parliament has agreed today for a nine-members select committee to preside over a Motion to dismiss the auditor general for misconduct, after four and a half days deliberation in an emergency session. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 6 February 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's parliament met yesterday, January 31, to pass a decision on a Motion for a Resolution to dismiss the auditor general, Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, for bad behavior, but the special session ran into some problems. The motion will effectively put the auditor general on trial by parliament - and complicated by the fact that the House is the judge, the prosecutor and also the plaintiff. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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