Parliament expected to assemble in a fortnight

Tuesday March 26, 2019 Written by Published in Politics

The first Parliamentary sitting for the year is expected to begin on April 8.

 

Clerk of Parliament Tangata Vainerere said they were currently preparing all the necessary Bills and reports that needs to be tabled in the upcoming sitting.

Vainerere said they were also in the preparation for some motions that were likely to be tabled in Parliament.

These motions include the reactivation of two Bills that have already been tabled but lapsed, he said.

Vainerere said there would also be motions put forward for the appointment of a new member in the Standing Orders Committee and the Special Select Committee on Bills.

This after Rakahanga Member of Parliament (MP) Toka Hagai, who was part of both committees, lost his seat to Opposition and Democratic Party leader Tina Browne in a petition decision.

“In addition to that, we have a number of business papers and a number of reports to table. We have received some annual reports from a number of government agencies as well,” Vainerere said.

“Our current regulation states three months after the financial year, all government agencies including the ministries and also the state-owned enterprises have to report on the use of the funds that was appropriated to them.

“We are encouraging all the ministries and the agencies to comply with this requirement.”

Three MPs will also be sworn into Parliament during this sitting. They include Browne, new Ivirua MP Agnes Armstrong and MP for Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua Te-Hani Brown, who was re-elected in a by-election on Atiu last Monday. 

The Cook Islands Party-led coalition government will head into the upcoming parliamentary sitting with a slight majority on 13 seats while the Democratic Party has 11.

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