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Wednesday 4 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Minute No. 23 The trouble with the illegal practice of double invoicing, $3 million unpaid Sales Tax, Sea Star Company owed $3.7 million to government, Sea Star borrowed $600,000 from the Tonga National Trust Fund. From the House. By Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 4 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Minute No. 22: Proposed amendment of the Regulation for the Ship Registration Act was to enable the Fuakavenga II to be registered in Tonga, Tonga pays $1 million to the Pacific Forum Line and $1 million to the Hartman Shipping Group of Germany so that Tonga may have the option of buying back the ship after eight years, the Regulation and the Act have been amended and the ship was reregistered earlier this year but the amended regulation was brought in for the House to approve, Death Grant of $15,000 for soldiers who die on the battlefield or during a military exercise, in addition his next of kin will be paid his pension from government. From the House. By Pesi Fonua
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Sunday 1 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"...…if Tonga restored the political rights enjoyed by its citizens before 2003 when it was above the median, it might qualify for access to tens of millions of dollars in US aid funding." Tonga has been dropped from a list, announced on July 20, of the world's poorest countries that the United States will allow to become candidates in 2005 for a new multi-billion dollar aid fund.
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Friday 30 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A fist-fight broke out in the Tongan Parliament on Wednesday 28 July, between two Members 'Etuate Lavulavu and 'Akilisi Pohiva, resulting in their suspension from the House.
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Tuesday 27 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
From the House, Minute No. 21: regulations relating to the Public Service Act, public servants may be penalized by Heads of Department for offenses, withdrawal of etra-ordinary gazette no. 19. By Pesi Fonua
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Law
Monday 26 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Masao Paasi was appointed as a Relieving Police Magistrate for Tonga on July 19.
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Friday 23 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
From the House, Minute No. 20, Monday 19 July 2004. The House approved to pay the medical bill of the Chairman of the Whole House Committee (Prince Tu‘ipelehake) who was taken to Mercy Ascot hospital in Auckland for an emergency heart operation. By Pesi Fonua
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Law
Wednesday 21 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sixteen Tongan legal practitioners will study in Tonga for a UK Diploma in Law under a new programme supported by the British High Commission in Nuku'alofa
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Wednesday 21 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Constitutional Monarchy form of Government came under scrutiny during a three-–day Human Rights Educational and Awareness Consultation seminar that was hosted by the Human Rights and Democracy Movement in Tonga in Nuku'alofa, July 7-9.
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Wednesday 14 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
MPs dismayed with a reduction in the allocation for road construction and repair, and point to desperate need by the people of Kanokupolu and Ha'atafu to stop their villages from eroding into the sea. From the House, Minute No. 19, (Monday night) 28 June 2004.
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Thursday 8 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
MPs query why there is no repair and maintenance allocation for schools. From the House, Minute No. 17 of 24 June 2004 and Minute No. 18 of 28 June 2004.
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Law
Friday 2 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Chief Justice, Mr Justice Gordon Ward left Tonga at the end of June to take up a position as the chairman of the Court of Appeal in Fiji. Mr Justice Ward was interviewed by Pesi Fonua on 25 June 2004 a few days before leaving for Fiji. In this interview the Chief Justice notes that Tonga's law is quite clear on the exercise of the king's prerogative power; he also comments on the loss of Tonga's Statutes of Application to British law that has left Tonga with serious gaps in its laws that are only now being identified.
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Thursday 1 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The $300,000 that was passed by the House to pay for the allowances of students at the Teachers Training College, was spent by the Minister of Education to send the Tongan contingent to the South Pacific Games last year, some members argued that he was disobeying a decision that was passed by the House. From the House, Minute No. 15 and Minute No. 16. By Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 1 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Member questions how heads of departments can sign working contracts on July 1, when their salaries have yet to be confirmed. From the House, Minute No. 14, Tuesday June 22. By Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 1 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The government investment on public and private companies amounted to $110 million, and the total loss on these investments is about $51 million. From the House, Minute No. 13, Monday 21 June 2004.
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Editor's note: 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. Debate continued, on Thursday June 17
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.)
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The legality of the Wet Lease Agreement that was signed by the former Chief Executive Officer of Royal Tongan Airlines, Logan Appu, with the Royal Brunei Airlines on 25 November 2002 was questioned by 'Akilisi Pohiva in the Tongan Parliament on June 17.
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
As a small developing country with a depressed economy Tonga, is making a massive contribution to restoring peace and stability in Iraq and the Solomons.
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Thursday 10 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The half day session for the Tongan parliament on June 1 gave MPs just enough time to decide to take the rest of the week off. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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