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Thursday 14 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A three-days Special Session of the Tonga Parliament to deliberate over five Bills ended on Tuesday evening, March 12, after the House passed four Bills and deferred one Bill to the House's Standing Committee on Legislation. One of the bills that establishes the organizational structure of the Tonga Pacific Games Organizing Committee (TPGOC) as a statutory corporation with separate legal entity, allows the CEO and members of the committee to set their own salaries. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Sunday 10 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2013 session of the Tongan Legislative Assembly got off to a lively start on Thursday, 7 March, as members queried who had the right to call for this special and urgent session of the Tongan Parliament, and why? Lord Nuku expressed his astonishment over the fact that a special and urgent session of the Tongan Parliament was called for, while the leaders of the country, the King, the Prime Minister and the Speaker were all away overseas. From the House By Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 7 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's King Tupou VI said today from Auckland that he hoped Government and Parliament would continue to work together to revive the Tongan economy, which has been badly affected by the global financial crisis. He outlined projects that were being undertaken by government in the hope of energizing economic development in his speech that was read out by Prince Tu'ipelehake, accompanied by Prince Tungi and Lord Luani for the opening of a special session of the Tonga Legislative Assembly today.
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Monday 4 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three nobles will 'softly' open a special sitting of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga on Thursday March 7 to deliberate on five bills submitted by Government.
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Thursday 6 December 2012
Beijing, China
A grant of RMB$500,000 was pledged to the Legislative Assembly of Tonga during an official Parliamentary visit to the People's Republic of China from October 28 to 3 November, when the MPs also learned about poverty alleviation initiatives and rural development in China's least-developed provinces
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Wednesday 5 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Difficulties over the Tongan and English interpretations of the Tongan Constitution had the House in an uproar last week. There was a clash of strong opinions when it was discovered that the Tongan Clause 8 stopped short of spelling out the public's right to petition the passing or the repealing of enactments, as stated in the English version. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 2 May 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2011-2012 session of the Tonga Legislative Assembly was "softly" closed by Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala this morning, May 2.
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Wednesday 18 April 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is eager to learn from your experiences and share your knowledge, HM King Tupou VI told members of parliament from Commonwealth countries when he opened the 2012 mid-year Executive Meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre, Nuku'alofa this morning.
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Monday 16 April 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2012 mid-year Executive Meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association CPA will be opened by HM King Tupou VI at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre, Nuku'alofa on Wednesday April 18.
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Thursday 9 February 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As members of Tonga's Parliament try to navigate their way through political reform with their newly inherited political control, they have found themselves struggling with the fact that the auditor general is under the jurisdiction of the Speaker and the Parliament itself. 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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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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Tuesday 21 December 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
LORD Lasike was recommended as the new Speaker with Lord Tu'i'afitu as Deputy Speaker by the 26 members of Tonga's Legislative Assembly at this afternoon's Special Meeting in Nuku'alofa.
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Saturday 2 October 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The closure of the Tongan parliament on Thursday, September 30 was a historical and a memorable event for Tonga but was not celebrated with the usual fanfare for the closing of the annual session.
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Thursday 30 September 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Legislative Assembly will close today, September 30, for the last time under the current government.
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Thursday 22 July 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Speaker called for the House to close early at 4:00 pm today, "because it has been a tough day," he said, after a group of petitioners insisted that the House make an immediate investigation of members salaries and pensions. By Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 13 June 2010
2010

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The legality of parliament's voting on a very important motion and two reform bills legalizing Political Reform has become an issue that the Tonga Legislative Assembly has to address in order for the proposed political reform and the November 25 parliamentary general election to proceed. ...It wasn't that the House didn't know what they were doing. It is clear from the minutes that members were fully aware that they were passing an amendment that had not been drafted. They were also aware that they did not understand the bills and had not debated them before raising their hands in unison. In the Minutes, People's Reps 'Akilisi Pohiva and 'Isileli Pulu are on record saying that it was most unusual for the House to pass bills without even understanding the bills and the proposed amendment, but they both expressed their trust in the Minister of Justice and the Cabinet to go ahead and draft good bills. EDITOR'S COMMENT By Pesi Fonua.
Friday 11 June 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Economic growth will be on the top of the Tongan government's working agenda during the next financial year, HM King George Tupou V said when he opened the Tongan Legislative Assembly's 2010 session yesterday, June 10.
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Monday 17 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I have been directed by the Honourable Speaker of the House to respectfully seek your kind cooperation in correcting some of the technical information which appears on your article titled "House leaves government to make final decision on constituency boundaries" posted on Matangitonga Online website on May 7, 2010 and related articles preceding this article. - Dr Viliami Latu, Clerk of the House.
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Friday 7 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
If there was any doubt over the fact that the Tongan Legislative Assembly did not properly approve the boundaries of the 17 constituencies and the number of voters per constituency, before it closed its 2009 session on the evening of April 20, then the digital copies of the Minutes of proceedings in the House on April 19-20 clearly show that two different motions relating to the boundaries of constituencies were left hanging in mid-air when the House officially closed its 2009 session on the evening of April 20. By Pesi Fonua.
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