Disaster strikes as Port Vila runs out of kava; Parliament session closes after numerous Bills passedPosted: June 19, 2016
There is some very bad news this weekend. Port Vila is said by many to be out of kava and this has been confirmed to this writer by many last night.
Following the Appeal Court ruling that last Monday’s First Ordinary Sitting of Parliament was compliant with the law, Parliament sat on Thursday afternoon and Friday night, passing a number of Bills. The sitting closed at 10pm Friday, after what appeared to be close to unity in the passing of a number of the Bills debated. The most urgent one was for the Supplementary Provisions required by government. Others were the bills for the International Companies Act, Stamp Duties (Amendment) Act, International Tax Cooperation Act, Statute Law Miscellaneous Provisions Act, Land Lease (Amendment) Act, Citizenship (Amendment) Act, and Bill for the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Bills which failed to reach debate in the First Ordinary Sitting concerned the Commercial Government Business Enterprise Act, and the Right to Information (RTI). Also remaining are amendments to the Utilities Authority and Penal Code Acts. (Daily Post)
Daily Post this weekend also reports Parliament yesterday endorsing a motion to establish a 27-member Constitutional Review Committee to reduce Vanuatu’s endemic political instability. The Leader of the Opposition is to be a member and there will be representatives of each of the political parties in Parliament. The Speaker will choose two independent MPs. The Vanuatu Christian Council, Malvatumauri, Department of Women’s Affairs, National Youth Council, Chamber of Commerce, Council of Trade Unions, VANGO, and the Disabled Society will all be represented.
Covering all the big news this weekend, Daily Post also reports the first dengue case in two years. And the names of the candidates in the election for the Parliamentary vacancy are given. Malo/Aore voters will be go the polls for the by-election on June 29.