No confidence motion against PM Kilman thrown out

Speaker of Parliament George Wells has thrown out the no confidence motion against Prime Minister Sato Kilman. He said that three who had signed the motion had written to withdraw their signatures, but then two of the three later indicated they wanted their signatures to remain. It gets more complicated: one didn’t say anything at all, so Wells considered he had withdrawn his name from the Motion. Speaker Wells told Radio Vanuatu News that the request for a special sitting of Parliament did not comply with Standing Orders. The withdrawal of the one signature meant he could not accept the Motion as it only had the support of 27 MPs. The Opposition has filed a Constitutional application against the Speaker as the withdrawal of signatures is only allowed inside Parliament. Daily Post names the floor-crossing backbenchers as: David Tosul and Johnny Amos (PPP), Jonas James (Natatok) and Tony Nari (Iauko Group).

Should the Motion against the Prime Minister succeed, a new Government may sever ties with Indonesia over West Papua, Daily Post reports. Politicians Kalkot Mataskelekele, Barak Sope, Ralph Regenvanu, Joe Natuman and Sae Esmon, plus members of the Vete Association met with West Papua freedom leaders Dr John Ondawame and Andy Ayamiseba on Saturday and their message was that the “colonisation by the Indonesians of West Papua is a sin.”

The Supreme Court is upholding employee entitlement of one month of severance pay per year worked from the date of employment. The Attorney General’s test case goes against both the ANZ Bank Vanuatu Limited and Wilco Hardware and a number of other employers who have tried to pay considerably less than the award rate, or nothing at all, and who owe large amounts of severance pay to their former employees. Justice Daniel Fatiaki rejected the argument that the updated rate of severance pay should only apply from the date it was officially gazetted.

A truck belonging to the son of Minister of Foreign Affairs Alfred Carlot following the accident on December 1, 2012.

A truck belonging to the son of Minister of Foreign Affairs Alfred Carlot following a serious accident on December 1, 2012.

serious accident at Independence Park early Saturday morning: a new white Toyota double cabin truck speeding towards Tropical Market from the area of the Australian High Commission, Port Vila, mounted the footpath, hit a fire hydrant and rolled over. Three people in the vehicle were helped out by police. They said they had struck an individual, but no such a person was ever found and those in the vehicle ran away, VBTC News reported. The vehicle belongs to the son of Foreign Affairs Minister Alfred Carlot. Police again warned against drink-driving and speeding.

WTO DG Pascal Lamy did hold discussions with the Chamber of Commerce while in Vanuatu. He also said, as Daily Post reports, what Trade Minister Ham Lini wanted to hear: “the job of Director General is to take more care of the smaller member countries including Vanuatu, while large member countries like the United States of America and China have the capacity  to care for themselves.”

Community governance in Lamap will be under discussion today at the Cultural Centre and a documentary will screen on how the World Bank Jastis blong Evriwan’s project to improve custom governance was undertaken. All are welcome from 2 to 4:30pm.