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Tonga National Right to Information Bill


In 2010, the Government approved a Freedom of Information (FOI) Policy for Tonga. The policy commits the Government to releasing information both voluntarily, and at the request of any member of the public, about its policies, programs and activities. Certain categories of information, such as personal information, information related to national security, and commercial information that would reveal trade secrets, are exempt from disclosure in recognition of the harm that their release could cause to either the state, a business or a person.

via Tonga National Right to Information Bill.

Lord Vaea Welcomes Amendments to Australian Seasonal Work Program (SWP) Conditions


The Minister for Internal Affairs, Lord Vaea, today welcomed the two amendments to the programme and visa eligibility requirements for the Australian Seasonal Work Program (SWP) that was approved this week by the Australian Government.

via Lord Vaea Welcomes Amendments to Australian Seasonal Work Program (SWP) Conditions.

Disarray in Tonga’s Democratic Party revealed


With national elections less than a year away, Tonga’s Democratic Party is in disarray after party leader ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s newspaper Kele’a reported what it said was a plot by several Democratic MPs to support Dr Sitiveni Halapua rather than Pohiva as the party’s candidate for the Prime Minister in 2012.

The newspaper claimed that three Democratic Party members, including People’s Representatives Semisi Tapueluelu and Sione Taione planned in 2012 to replace him with fellow parliamentarian Dr Sitiveni Halapua.

via Disarray in Tonga’s Democratic Party revealed – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.

Attorney General’s Office to Hold Law Week 2013


The Attorney General’s Office is pleased to announce that it will hold Law Week 2013 on Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November 2013.

This is the 7th Law Week held by the Attorney General’s Office. The purpose of Law Week is to allow the community to learn about the law and understand how it is applied, and also to discuss views on current laws, which may lead to law reforms.

via “ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE TO HOLD LAW WEEK 2013”.

Allegations towards Government corruption on Modulus Pacific unfounded


During the Parliamentary debates in October 2013 in connection with the Annual Report of the Ministry of Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources. Sione Taione raised the point that Modulus Pacific is administered and managed by the Prime Minister’s Office and the only explanation for such an arrangement is because Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita is involved with Modulus Pacific. He continued to say that this is an example of what he describes as corruption.

via Allegations towards Government corruption on Modulus Pacific unfounded.

“Participation of men and women crucial in democracy ” says IPU spokesperson


Miss Brigitte Filion says citizen’s participation of both men and women is the concept of a modern Parliament and the promotion of gender equality has been one of IPU’s main endeavours.

“It has now become one of the pillars of IPU’s five-year strategy. For us, gender equality is therefore central to achieving better parliaments and stronger democracies,” says Ms Filion.

via “Participation of men and women crucial in democracy ” says IPU spokesperson.

Prime Minister to attend the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York


The Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Lord Tu’ivakano will attend the High-level meetings of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on its 68th Session that will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York, from 24 to 30 September 2013.

via Prime Minister to attend the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Tongan MP proposes bill to dissolve government


A Bill to dissolve Tongan government was proposed in parliament Monday.

It proposes that a caretaker government be installed in preparation for elections in November next year.

The proposal to dissolve government was one of five proposed amendments to the Tongan Constitution that were presented by ‘Aisake Eke, the People’s Representative No. 5 for Tongatapu.

via Tongan MP proposes bill to dissolve government – Tonga – News – Islands Business magazine.

MP alleges government corruption


There is corruption in government, Sione Taione, the People’s Representative PR No. 8 for Tongatapu, told the Tongan Parliament yesterday, 16 October.

Sione made his blatant accusation of government when the House was debating on the 2012 Annual Report of the Ministry of Land, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources.

via MP alleges government corruption | Matangi Tonga.

“The Prime Minister to arrive home next Wednesday”


The Acting Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet has confirmed this morning, that the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano is expected to arrive in Auckland this Friday, October 11.

The Prime Minister and accompanying delegation has departed New York last weekend after His Lordship received medical treatment, following the conclusion of the United Nations General Assembly high-level meetings.

via “The Prime Minister to arrive home next Wednesday”.