Parliament Adjourn to Next Week

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THE business of parliament has again been adjourned for next week – Monday 30th October 2017.

The Speaker of Parliament adjourned the meeting after accepting a motion of special adjournment by the Honourable Prime Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare.

The adjournment is to allow more time for the cabinet to tidy up the 2018 Appropriation bill for 2018 Budget.

The PM said they need the whole week to work on the budget and by next week the budget should be ready to go before parliament.

He said the document of the budget is very important and they also need to meet with the Chairman of the Bills and Legislation Committee to ensure consultations and report writings are completed before time.

“The Bills and Legislation Committee also produce a report on the prescription of the minister’s amendments bill 2017 and we would like to table the Bills and Legislation Committee’s recommendations back to Caucus so they could figure out how to progress these bills,” he said.

Some of the areas will require consideration to other policies, as they would also be looking at the increase of work with the constitutive boundary commission to ensure the parliament and the people of this country comfortable with the bill.

Meanwhile the Opposition Leader and member of the Bills and Legislation Committee, Jeremiah Manele said he acknowledge the call for a special adjournment as they too also need some time to finalize few reports on certain bills.

Mr Manele said he also acknowledge the government for including their recommendations to the Minister’s prescription bill as they see it as an important one the government to consider.

He also thanked the Prime Minister for assuring the house that other bills such as the Anti Corruption Bill and others will also be brought before parliament when it resumes next week.