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NFP to write to the Speaker

April 6, 2019 6:57 am

National Federation Party president Pio Tikoduadua, has stated they will be writing a letter to the Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau highlighting their concern.

Tikoduadua is questioning the rationale of Ratu Epeli’s decision to remove his motion to amend the Sugar Industry Act 2015.

Ratu Epeli in his ruling had said motion is unconstitutional as there are certain processes that needs to be followed before an Act is amended.

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However, Tikoduadua maintains a thorough process was followed before the motion was tabled in parliament.

“The Speaker ruled that any amendment to the legislation must be brought in by way of a member’s bill however a bill for any new legislation is only brought if parliament agrees to amend it, this is exactly showing respect to the opposition.”

Tikoduadua says in the last parliamentary term a motion of the same nature was debated and it was raised by NFP leader in May 2015.

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