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Opposition Leader wants more consultations on new legislation

September 22, 2015 1:21 am

Leader of Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa has questioned the extensive legislation against the actual parliament sittings for next year which is 5 weeks shorter.

Ro Teimumu raised the matter in her response to the President’s Address to parliament.

“How can it be more extensive when we have had 8, had had 9 weeks in the last session and only 4 weeks to debate 24 new laws and review existing legislation, what this basically means Madam Speaker is 6 pieces of legislation on average per week, all legislation as we know needs wide consultation with stakeholders, ideally it should be referred to the relevant standing committee for community participation”.

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Ro Teimumu pointed out that under the government from 2006 to 2014, 413 decrees were promulgated with numerous amendments upon amendments.

She says there is a need to have more community participation to ensure this isn’t repeated.

She adds all laws should be carefully scrutinized given its overarching effect on the population.

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