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Sunday 23 October 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Some simple arithmetic tells us that the House has met for only 164 hours this year - that's only 41 sittings - before they softly closed on Thursday October 21, before all their work was done. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 14 October 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a year that has seen a dramatic increase in armed robberies in Tonga, parliament voted to massively reduce the penalties for the illegal possession of firearms - slashing the maximum penalty from $5,000 to only $1,000 and from five years imprisonment to only one year.
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Thursday 9 June 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On their first day of sitting after the opening of parliament the House pledged its support to the king in a Letter of Reply to the Speech from the Throne. After that all the members received $2000 laptops, but some members complained that they didn’t know how to use computers. The Prime Minister adjourned the sitting so they could all go and whine outside. From the House, a translation and summary of parliament. Minute no. 4, June 7, 2011. By Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 7 June 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At the opening of parliament on June 2 the King's message from the throne begs the question of what has happened to the constitutional amendment that the House worked into overtime to pass in January and that was enacted in March? . . . it might be possible that there has been a break-down in communication between the new structure of Government and the King and his Law Lords. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 3 February 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's new government so urgently needed two bills to be passed to boost the capacity of the Tongan judiciary that the Tongan parliament had to work overtime to pass them on January 14. But nearly a month later the two are still awaiting the king's consent.
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Friday 14 January 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu People's Representative Siosifa Tu'utafaiva has been voted by the House as the new Chairman of the Whole House Committee during this afternoon's session of the Tonga Legislative Assembly, following his unexplained absence during the morning.
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Friday 6 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Final Report of the Constitutional and Electoral Commission on a proposed new system of government for Tonga to be introduced next year was presented to HM King George Tupou V at the Palace, yesterday morning, 5 November 2009.
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Tuesday 20 October 2009

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's parliament discovered an elusive unity of purpose last month, when after months of frustrating debate over the direction of reform the House led by the Prime Minister, decided almost to a man, that some set beliefs and traditions should be upheld and the Constitution should not be changed to allow Tongan women equality under the law. From the House, by Pesi Fonua. FROM OUR ARCHIVES, 20 October 2009
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Friday 3 July 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele said he was surprised by comments made by some PRs about the $1,800 per day salary of commissioners, when the members in the House work only one hour and get paid for a full day. From the House. Minute No. 10, Thursday Night, June 18, 2009.
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Thursday 2 July 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongatapu PRs, 'Isileli Pulu, 'Akilisi Pohiva and Clive Edwards opposed a Bill to Amend the Constitution for a fully elected parliament. From the House. Minute No. 9, Thursday June 18, 2009.
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Friday 19 June 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Akilisi thought government should discourage people from building all these buildings. Instead, he suggested they should grow flower gardens in those empty spaces to make the town look beautiful. From the House. Minute No. 3, June 9, 2009. Premium Content.
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Wednesday 5 November 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The integrity of the Tongan parliament was questioned as accusations of corruption and wrong-doing were flying in the Tongan parliament on Tuesday October 28. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 26 September 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It was high drama again in parliament on Thursday, September 11, the last day of parliamentary proceedings before the House closed until October 2. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 15 September 2008

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A debate in parliament over the reinstatement of the Emergency Powers sparked off comments over what caused the events of 16/11 and a concern that a repeat is still possible. From the House by Pesi Fonua
Thursday 5 June 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The selection of Samiu Vaipulu as the new Chairman of the Whole House Committee, is historical because it is the first time ever for the House to elected a commoner to be the Chairman of the Whole House Committee, a position that has been traditionally held by a noble. On occasions a People's Representative was made an Acting Chairman, but never before that the majority of the Cabinet Ministers overwhelmingly voted for a commoner to be Chairman. Tonga Legislative Assembly, Minute No. 1, Monday June 2, 2008. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 5 September 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The House appeared to have got off to a wrong start today and the fault lay with those at the helm, the Speaker Noble Tu'iha'angana, Chairman Noble Lasike and the Chief Clerk of the House Tevita 'Ova. The Speaker and the Chairman were not able to keep the debate on track allowing PRs to wander and get lost, while the Clerk let some questions be asked several times. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 2 July 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Minister for Youth and Sports said that only about 10% of school leavers could find employment locally. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Saturday 23 June 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele told Parliament there will be no reconciliation, until there is a confession, and a submission for wrong doing by those who initiated the destruction of November 16. However, 'Akilisi Pohiva expressed his fear that if they confess, "we may all end up in Tolitoli" [prison]. From the House.
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Wednesday 8 November 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When the Tongan Legislature reconvened on Monday, November 6, after being in recess since October 23, members were told that they had only eight working days left this year. Faced with a overwhelming workload they immediately spent half a day getting heated up over the agenda and the impact of their 60% salary rise on their reputations, and then they had to close the House for another half day while they all cooled down. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 10 October 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Legislative Assembly on Thursday will go into a fifth day of deliberations over the recommendations of the National Committee for Political Reform that has proposed the formation of a new and elected 26-member parliamentary structure for the kingdom.
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