Politics Archive August 2009

Mr Moti, a former lawyer, was Solomon Islands attorney-general between July 2007 and December 2007.

Sogavare May Not Have to Give Evidence in Moti Case

Former Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare may not have to give evidence to support the defence of former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti, who is facing child sex charges.
He said the motion tasked the parliamentary house committee to conduct public hearings on that particular entitlement.

We Are Listening to Public Outcry: Sogavare

Opposition Leader, Manasseh Sogavare, says the massive public outcry concerning the proposed parliamentary entitlements, including the much debated $50,000 dollars terminal grant for MPs spouses, has not fallen on deaf ears.

Police Minister Tables Criminal Procedure Code Bill in Parliament

The Minister for Police and National Security James Tora has tabled the Criminal Procedure Code Amendment Bill 2009 in parliament yesterday.

Parliament Passes 2009 Supplementary Appropriation Bill

Parliament has passed the 2009 Supplementary Appropriation Bill in its Second Reading.
The project has taken Parliament to a new level.

UNDP Parliament Project to Continue

The United Nations Development Programme Parliamentary Strengthening Program does not end when Project Manager Warren Cahill leaves.

Cancel New Parliamentary Entitlements: TSI

The new Parliamentary entitlements will cost approximately $50 million dollars over a four year term of Parliament, bringing the total costs of the Parliamentary entitlements close to $200 million.
Acting Prime Minister, Fred Fono, denies cuts to provincial grants.

Government Lifts Reservation on Grants

Acting Prime Minister, Fred Fono, has told Parliament that Cabinet has lifted the 35 percent reservation it had imposed on national grants to the provinces.
Acting Prime Minister Fred Fono says the Government is presently seeking legal advice from the Attorney General's Chambers.

Government "Looks Into" Public Concerns

The Government is studying public concerns on the newly introduced increases in entitlements of Members of Parliament.

Finance Minister Says Bill Necessary

The 2009 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2009 of about 80 million dollars is necessary in light of the current uncertain economic situation as a result of the global financial crisis.

2009 Supplementary Appropriation Bill

Parliament is expected to table the 2009 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2009 in it's second reading this week starting today.
The Chamber says the subsequent passing of a bill by Parliament to increase the number of constituencies to 70 seem to show no concern at all for the intense public debate outside of Parliament.

Members of Parliament Need to Show Leadership: SICCI

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SICCI, has called on members of parliament to show good leadership and to improve the country in terms of economic and social development.