Politics Archive April 2010

Mr Sogavare says that the public has all the right to vent their frustration in the media since "it is simply an irresponsible decision by the caretaker government."

Sogavare Blasts Decision to Release RCDF

Former Opposition Leader and East Choiseul MP, Manasseh Sogavare has condemned the decision by the CNURA Government for the payment of the entire Rural Constituency Development Fund (RCDF)for the country's 50 constituencies for 2010.

PAP Seeks to Change Budgetary Framework

A People's Alliance Party, PAP, government will remove and radically change the budgetary framework as it is "a complete insult to the people of Solomon Islands."
Mr Pollard says the office of TSI will be looking into registering complaints to the president of Taiwan.

TSI Concerned With $10 Million Payout to MPs

Transparency Solomon Islands, TSI, has expressed concerns over the 10 million dollars payout to members of parliament dished out by the Republic of China, Taiwan, last week before dissolution of parliament.
"I think this is good, that the prime minister has taken this action, it shows that he is an ethical leader," stated Garvin who wrote in from Fiji.

Mixed Reactions over PM's Mass Sacking

There has been mixed responses over the recent decision by Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua to sack key Ministers in his cabinet, as well as several backbenchers.
Sir Peter said that the current Parliament has also passed a record number of bills, totaling 39.

Speaker of Parliament Pays Tribute to Outgoing MPs

Speaker of Parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea, has paid tribute to the outgoing members of the Eight Parliament of Solomon Islands for what he calls "mending the broken pieces of the Happy Isles."
Prime Minister Sikua says the two political reform bills would have addressed the kind of behaviour shown by his five former ministers and government backbenchers when bills were before parliament.

PM Appoints New Ministers

The Prime Minister has replaced the five cabinet ministers he sacked on Wednesday.
SICTU says that the increase and other awards in the 2010 PER are "unjustified, selfish and is a mockery of the country's government system."

SICTU Plans Nationwide Strike

The Solomon Islands Council of Trade Union, SICTU, the country's trade union umbrella body, will be meeting today to decide on a nation-wide strike in protest of the 11 percent salary increase to members of Parliament.

Government Bids Farewell to Late Huni'ehu

The National Government last Friday bid farewell to former Minister of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification, the late Honorable Edward Huni'ehu (MP) during a funeral service at the Central Church in Honiara.

Parliament to Address Three Bills in Final Week

The Solomon Islands parliament still has three bills to address before the house stands adjourned sine die at this final week of sitting for the C-NURA government.

New Political Party Launches Manifesto

A new political party, the Reform and Democratic Party of Solomon Islands, launched its manifesto in Honiara yesterday.

Money Laundering Bill Seeks to Amend

The Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Amendment Bill 2010 which was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday have sought to amend the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Draft Voters List in Process

The voter registration period of extension lapsed on the 12th April 2010 and the Electoral Commission is now in the second stage of voter registration.
If the motion had succeeded, it may have been implemented at this year's general elections.

Parliament Rejects CBC Report

Parliament has rejected the 2009 Constituency Boundaries Commission Report, CBC, which proposed to add 17 additional constituencies. Debate on the report went on until well after 8pm last night with a majority of MPs supporting the motion "to reject the CBC Report."
"We are recovering from the effects of the Global Economic Crises, so it is only commonsense that this is not the time for the increase," said Mr Abana.

Abana Says No to Additional Constituencies

Minister for planning and aid coordination, Steve Abana, himself a key cabinet minister in the C-NURA government, has opposed the 2009 Constituency Boundaries Commission report.
Waeta Ben Tabusasi has defended the 11% increase to the salaries of all members of Parliament, saying MP's have not received a raise in their salaries in the last few years.

Chairman Defends MP's Salary Increase

Chairman of the Parliamentary Entitlements Commission, Waeta Ben Tabusasi has defended the 11% increase to the salaries of all members of Parliament, saying MP's have not received a raise in their salaries in the last few years.

MP Huniehu Dies after Long Illness

A long time outspoken Member of Parliament, Hon. Edward Huni'ehu, passed away last night after long illness.
Current ministers and backbenchers overwhelmingly agreed that the C-NURA government, under Dr Sikua's leadership, had achieved alot.

C-NURA Seeks to Form Government after Elections

Parties forming the current Coalition of National Unity and Rural Advancement (C-NURA) government have agreed in principal that they will contest the 2010 national general elections under a common platform.
Mr Dorah said since political independence from Great Britain in July of 1978, the people of Solomon Islands, especially the rural village communities have been denied access to real development.

New Party Launched, Promises Change

Secretary General of the newly formed political party, People's Federation Party, Ruddolf Dorah, says the 2010 national general election provides an opportunity "for a fresh start for Solomon Islands."