The approach by government to appoint four cabinet ministers from the 18 elected members of the House this year has given a new dimension to Tonga's 2005 parliamentary election. Now, in effect, an elected member of the "opposition" may cross the floor to become a member of the cabinet. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua,
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Thursday 10 February 2005
Monday 31 January 2005
We have just returned from Tonga after two months 'eva and it was one of the most interesting and enjoyable times I've ever had, living a bit far away from the capital at one of the villages, and looking at how people in Tonga handle and are perceiving political and social happenings in our Kingdom. - Fuai'api Sime
Wednesday 12 January 2005
Anyone running for Parliament should be required to declare his or her business interest.
Monday 25 October 2004
The 2004 Parliament Session will be closed on November 2 or 3. The House raises concerns over a report by Pac News of a motion presented by Prince Tu'ipelehake and the Committee also debates Private Members' Bills, a Bill to amend Clause 65 of the Constitution and a Bill to Amend Clause 188 of the Criminal Offences Act. From the House, Minute No. 64, Wednesday 20 October 2004.
Friday 22 October 2004
Tonga's process of law making at the moment is a matter of great concern. The recent overturning by Chief Justice Webster of the conflicting media laws, means we have to take a closer look at how laws are made in this country. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
Wednesday 23 June 2004
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.)