Parliament passes 10 Bills, three remain outstanding

Solomon Islands National Parliament house

The fifth meeting of Parliament which concludes last night has deliberated and passed ten bills.

These include:

  1. The 2017 appropriation bill 2016
  2. The 2016 supplementary appropriation bill 2017
  3. The 2017 supplementary appropriation bill 2017
  4. The pacific games 2023 bill
  5. Town and country planning bill
  6. The land surveyor’s bill
  7. The child and family welfare bill
  8. The adoption amendment bill
  9. The wild life amendment bill
  10. The Solomon Islands Tertiary Education Skills Authority (SITESA) bill.

Meanwhile, during this 5th sitting, Parliament receives 13 bills with 10 had already passed on the floor of Parliament while three are still remain outstanding and are yet to go through second reading.

The three remaining bills are:

  1. Whistle blowers Protection Bill 2016
  2. Anti – corruption Bill 2016
  3. Ombudsman Bill 2016

Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition Group and Jeremiah Manele and Member of Parliament (MP) for Kia/Hograno and Havulei, Jeremiah Manele said these are very important bills for the country.

“…I wish to commend the government for bringing these bills to parliament.

“I also applaud the bills and legislation committee as well as the Public Accounts Committee for a job well done in scrutinizing these bills and in raising issues and recommendations for the government to consider.

“…some of these issues and recommendations are not new.

“They have been raised many times in the past.

“The fact that we are still raising them means nothing much has been done in addressing these issues.

“…the government cannot simply take note of these recommendations. It must act on them,” Mr Manele said.

Mr Manele was contributing in Parliament on the Sine Die Motion moved by the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Monday 10th April 2017.

Parliament concludes its 5th meeting of the 10th Parliament last night.