Im­por­tant Bills to be pre­sented next Mon­day

Public Ac­counts Com­mit­tee to re­sume af­ter Par­lia­ment sit­ting

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ARI­ETA VAKA­SUKAWAQA Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: ari­eta.vaka­sukawaqa@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Par­lia­ment sit­ting next Mon­day will see the pre­sen­ta­tion of im­por­tant Bills. Gov­ern­ment Whip Ash­neel Sud­hakar said the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Bill 2016 would be among these im­por­tant Bills pre­sented in Par­lia­ment. “As the Gov­ern­ment’s choice we will de­cide which Bill will be tabled dur­ing the day,” he said. “The first four days will be Gov­ern­ment busi­ness and the last day is Op­po­si­tion busi­ness.” Gov­ern­ment will bring in Par­lia­ment their pro­posed Bills, their mo­tions and min­is­te­rial state­ments. “Op­po­si­tion busi­ness is when they bring in their pri­vate Bills, mo­tions or pe­ti­tions,” he said. Mr Sud­hakar said Par­lia­ment cal­en­dar was from Septem­ber last year to Septem­ber this year. “Even though Par­lia­ment was not sit­ting but work was in progress like Stand­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ings,” he said. Mr Sud­hakar said re­ports would be sub­mit­ted on Mon­day in Par­lia­ment and all through­out the week. “There are two more Par­lia­ment sit­tings left for this Par­lia­ment year,” he said. Mean­while, Mr Sud­hakar said the Public Ac­counts Com­mit­tee would re­sume af­ter the Par­lia­ment sit­ting. How­ever, he had been in­formed by the sec­re­tariat that the Leader of Op­po­si­tion was con­sid­er­ing a re­place­ment for Bi­man Prasad. “We need some­one to re­place him to give Op­po­si­tion a fair chance but the quo­rum will con­tinue but giv­ing the Op­po­si­tion a fair chance al­low­ing their nom­i­na­tion and will start full swing af­ter Par­lia­ment,” he said.

A re­port on the rat­i­fi­ca­tion with­out reser­va­tions of the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties will be tabled in Par­lia­ment next week.

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