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Monday 14 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's parliament has gone into recess again, after the Prime Minister withdrew 16 bills “to have another look” at them. The PM also told the House that Tonga’s State of Emergency to counter the Coronavirus Pandemic had been extended again from 12 September to 12 March 2021. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 17 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two urgent bills to amend the Traffic Act and the Roads Act, as well as a Petition alleging unfairness in awarding government roads deals, stirred a few aggressive exchanges in the Tongan parliament on Monday and Tuesday this week. There was an objection that the urgent bills had not gone to the Standing Committee on Legislation before they were tabled.
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Thursday 16 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga'sParliament will remain closed until August 3, the House decided, voting unanimously 21-0 to extend parliament's closure for another two weeks from July 13. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 30 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government’s plan to open its border for incoming passengers between New Zealand and Tonga this week is deferred, Prime Minister Hon. Rev. Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa told Members of Parliament yesterday, 29 June.
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Wednesday 24 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six bills presented to the House by the former government in 2019 were withdrawn this week by the Prime Minister, further distancing himself from the work programme of the previous government. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Saturday 20 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament yesterday 18 June, passed its $589.6 Million pa’anga national Budget for 2020-2021 with votes of 21-0. With Tonga’s biggest-ever deficit of $60 million, debate has been tense at times over the last two weeks. A 20 per cent salary cut for MPs, proposed by the PM, did not happen. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 10 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

A new Tonga National Security of Information Office that is currently being set up by the Prime Minister's Office, was questioned during debate on the $4.48 million budget allocation of the PMO for 2021 that was passed by the Committee of the Whole House in parliament yesterday, Tuesday 9 June. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
Sunday 31 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The refusal by Government to reveal the identities of three companies that had won $12 million pa’anga worth of road construction contracts, to construct 2100 kilometres of tar-sealed roads throughout Tonga, has snarled the Budget debate in the Tongan parliament for three days 26-28 May.
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Wednesday 20 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Parliamentary debate was dominated by the Prime Minister's proposition for all members of parliament to contribute 20 percent of their annual salaries to government in its effort to counter the COVID-19, in parliament's session yesterday, 19 May 2020.
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Monday 18 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Faced with a deficit National Budget for 2020-21, the salaries of Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament will be reduced by 20%, to help Tonga to counter the impact of the COVID-19, the Prime Minister told parliament this morning.
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Monday 11 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A decision by the Tongan Parliament to hold a secretive session to debate their response to the speech to the nation by HM King Tupou VI on the opening of parliament, is a historical first and a disappointing show for the first sitting of the House of the new government, under the new prime minister. When parliament hides their pondering over the approval of a simple thank you note, then the public cannot hope to see participatory parliament in the future. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 25 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Legislative Assembly will have a soft closing for its 2019/20 session on March 26, without guests due to the coronavirus preventative measures.
Tuesday 29 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard arrived in Nuku'alofa on October 28, on a parliamentary visit.
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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament will begin the process of electing a new Prime Minister by calling for nominations, after the funeral of the late Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva is over. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 14 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament continues to have problems with its working schedule and agenda, while many members are absent. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 30 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s state of democracy appeared to be advancing, but with regards to the state of Tonga’s economy, there is a lack of “vision”, King Tupou VI pointed out when he opened Tonga 2019-20 Parliamentary Session this morning, 30 May 2019.
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Wednesday 20 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
If Parliament’s most urgent task at the close of its first day, Monday, was the passing of a new Foreign Investment Bill 2019 in order to release $35 million in current Budget Support from donors, then other matters on the work agenda might have been expected to be put aside when the House reconvened. However, on Tuesday morning the issue of the Tonga cable black-out at the end of January occupied the attention of the House. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan MPs in accepting an invitation to attend this Saturday’s Mate Ma‘a Tonga Rugby League test match in Auckland, New Zealand, are reportedly planning to spend up to $200,000 from the House budget to cover airfares and hotel accommodation for their weekend away.
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Friday 28 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tonga Youth Parliament will be held from November 12-14 and, in preparation, a public awareness program will be launched on October 1 by the Tonga Legislative Assembly, at the Tonga National Centre.
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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament before lunch yesterday, 25 September confirmed that the Standing Law Committee of the House would scrutinise the Cabinet’s decision to take two former Prime Ministers, Lord Sevele and Lord Tu’ivakano to court in relation to the transference of $90 million from government to Tongasat.
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