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Twenty consequential bills debated in parliament

July 14, 2017 1:29 am

Twenty consequential bills are currently being debated in parliament.

The members of parliament will vote on the bills following the debate.

The motion was moved by Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The consequential bills being debated are the Water Resource Tax Bill 2017, Super Yacht Bill 2017, Service Turnover Tax Bill, Income Tax Bill, Tax Admin Bill, Pensions Bill, Tertiary Education Loan Scheme Bill, Stamp Duty Bill, Financial Management Bill, Land Transport Bill, Value Added Tax Bill, Excise Bill, Omni Bus Electronic Fare Ticketing Bill, Environmental Levy Bill, FRCA Bill, Customs Bill 2017, Customs Tariff Bill.

These are all amendments to the existing law, Accident and Compensation Bill 2017, Commerce Commission Bill 2017, Budget Amendment Bill 2017 and Regulars in the Permits Building Bill 2017.

Sayed-Khaiyum says that as part of this year’s budget the government has announced an increased focus on taxpayer compliance and enforcement to ensure that all Fijians benefit from duty reductions.

Opposition MP Semesa Karavaki told the parliament that some of the bills shouldn’t be debated as it’s not related to the budget.

Professor Biman Prasad adds it’s important that the parliament debates on these bills and talks about it as it will provide facts to some announcements made in the budget.