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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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Monday 12 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Finding a quorum to enable the Tongan Parliament to proceed with its 2019 session has been an issue since it was scheduled to resume on 5 August. There is much work for the House to do. The Ministry of Education presented its annual reports from 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Legislative Assembly 2019 session will resume sitting on Monday, August 12 after they were unable to form a quorum yesterday.
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Friday 28 June 2019

Tonga’s $599.27 million Pa’anga 2019-20 National Budget was passed by the Tongan Parliament yesterday 27 June with 12-6 votes. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 27 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Justice Minister called “What shall we do? War?” during a heated confrontation between government and the Nobles Representatives over proposed distribution of more than $4 million in constituency funds to be allocated for MPs to spend, in the Tongan Parliament yesterday, 26 June.
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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was vociferous debate in the House on Monday, 24 June after the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Finance, Tevita Lavemaau, tabled a report of the Committee on the 2019-2020 National Budget. Parliament has only two working days left, 26-27 June to pass the National Budget. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 23 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
How Tonga is going to effectively use the millions received in grants from foreign aid donors to address its struggling economic situation, was the focus of the debate over the 2019-20 National Budget in the Tongan parliament on Wednesday and Thursday 19-20 June. It is clear that a continuing dependence on foreign aid donors remains the source of economic developments.
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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Yesterday in Parliament the Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa, to the surprise of the House, called his 2019-20 balanced budget “just a dream”, during the budget debate on 18 June 2019.
Monday 17 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament worked a half-day today, because the Prime Minister and Cabinet had scheduled a visit to the Royal Palace, in the afternoon. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Saturday 15 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A national budget of $599.27 million Tongan Pa’anga was tabled into parliament on Monday, 10 June by the Minister for Finance, Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa. The Minister initially labelled his 2019-2020 budget as a “balanced budget”, but then settled to call it a “half-cast balanced budget”, because only 51% or $305 million is financed by the government itself. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 11 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Debate by Parliament over Tonga’s 2019-20 National Budget got off to a fractious start yesterday morning, 10 June 2019. The Speaker admitted a clash between government and the House and its Committees over scrutiny of the National Budget. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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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Saturday 25 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Last night at Kolomotu‘a, a well-attended and lively public consultation on six government bills showed that a great majority was not supportive of a move by government to take on more power. The bills proposed to establish new bodies to appoint officials.
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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Registered voters in Tonga are expected to head to the polls on May 30 and elect their new Town and District Officers to take office for the next three-years. The number of candidates has decreased since the last elections in 2016.
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Monday 20 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Increasing the number of voters in Tonga's elections is one of the main aims of a new NZD$1.5m three-year program signed under a Memorandum of Understanding between the New Zealand and Tonga Electoral Commissions, at the Electoral Office at Fasi today, 20 May.
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Tuesday 30 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A public consultation on six Government Bills will start on Monday, May 6 by members of the Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Legislation.
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Tuesday 9 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An urgent bill pushed by Cabinet last month – the National Spatial Planning And Management (Amendment) Bill 2019 – aims to replace the King’s authority in appointing the ‘Planning Tribunal’ which adjudicates appeals filed by applicants against decisions made by the National Spatial Planning Authority, a body that assesses and approves draft plans of land/development projects.
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Tuesday 2 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The “Tonga Police (Amendment) Bill 2019” – one of six urgent bills introduced by Cabinet last month – looks to amend Tonga’s constitution regarding the appointment process of a Police Commissioner. The bill attempts to remove the authority of the King to appoint a Police Commissioner, handing over that right to Cabinet.
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Thursday 28 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI, in a message for the closing of the Tonga Legislative Assembly's 2018-19 session today, said there was a lot of work to be done to develop our country. The king's short message, delivered by Lord Vaea, urged all Tongans to be prepared for the effects of climate change, and stressed that the work of Parliament and Government must be carried out in accordance with the Constitution and with dignity. The Prime Minister was absent from the closure.
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Law
Wednesday 27 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's new Attorney General, Mrs Linda Simiki Folaumoetu’i SC, was appointed by King Tupou VI on March 21.
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