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ANALYSIS: Question Time For SODELPA

ANALYSIS: Question Time For SODELPA
Facing questions... Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.
August 24
10:33 2015

Eyes will be on members of the troubled main Opposition party, SODELPA, when Parliament sits today to begin its eighth session.

How the Social Democratic Liberal Party performs in this week’s sitting will be something to watch out for.

Mosese Bulitavu’s absence will no doubt be felt by the Party. Mr Bulitavu, a lawyer, has often been very outspoken during sessions. He has always been ready with supplementary questions.

Mr Bulitavu has taken leave to deal with issues and revelations that have plagued and fragmented the party in recent days.

Mr Bulitavu has led the asking for answers following a leaked confidential report questioning the role of Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu and the running of the parliamentary Opposition Office she controls. He awaits the return of party president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu from Australia.

Also on many peoples’ minds will be the types of supplementary questions that will now be asked by the Opposition side. Recently SODELPA MP Aseri Radrodro spoke out in Naitasiri in favour of the development brought by the FijiFirst Government. Mr Radrodro did what the Party leadership has failed to do.

 

FIJI FIRST

Amidst the public squabbling in SODELPA the FijiFirst Party has remained – as always – very professional in its approach. The party even when asked to comment on the rift between SODELPA had refrained from making any judgements.

Will the current situation prompt SODELPA to finally focus on issues on hand while in Parliament?

Will Ro Teimumu – who has often been quiet during such sessions – finally rise to the occasion and fill the void left by Mr Bulitavu?

What stance will SODELPA MPs have on the sedition cases issue and allegations which may well hinder the growth that this nation is enjoying?

Will they have any stance when a SODELPA MP Bill Gavoka made a beeline to try to meet with some of the accused persons?

How will SODELPA members vote in Parliament? Will they, like Mr Radrodro, when the need arises recognise the positives of what has happened in Fiji and vote along those lines? Or will they stick to negativism which may not be in the best interest of the nation?

Will this session be a much quieter one for SODELPA?

 

NFP

And what of their junior partner in Opposition, the National Federation Party.

Will they continue their fixation on the sugar industry?

Or will they understand that sugar should not be seen as a political issue; rather it should be seen as a commercial issue?

Lots of questions. Interesting viewing for those following Parliament on TV this week.

 

ORDER PAPER

A look at the order paper for today:

Monday, 24 August 2015 at 9.30am.

  1. Prayer
  2. Confirmation of Minutes. The Leader of the Government in Parliament to move — “That the Minutes of the sitting of Parliament held on Friday, 10 July 2015, as previously circulated be taken as read and be confirmed.”
  3. Communications from the Chair
  4. Presentation of petitions
  5. Presentation of papers and certain documents (see Schedule 1)
  6. Presentation of reports of committees
  7. Questions (see Schedule 2)
  8. Motion by the Chairperson of the Emoluments Committee
  9. Minister for Foreign Affairs to move – “That Parliament agrees for Fiji to re-join the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).”
  10. Minister for Foreign Affairs to move – “That Parliament approves the International Mobile Satellite Organisation 1976.”
  11. Minister for Foreign Affairs to move – “That Parliament approves the International Convention on Salvage 1989.”
  12. Minister for Foreign Affairs to move – “That Parliament approves the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments 2004.”
  13. Minister for Foreign Affairs to move – “That Parliament approves the International Convention for the Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage (2001).”
  14. Minister for Foreign Affairs to move – “That Parliament approves the International Convention on the Control of Antifouling Systems on Ships (2001).”
  15. Minister for Foreign Affairs to move – “That Parliament approves the Protocol Preparedness Response and Cooperation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances (2000).”
  16. Minister for Foreign Affairs to move – “That Parliament approves the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (1965).”
  17. Minister for Foreign Affairs to move – “That Parliament approves the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from ships (MARPOL 73/78).”
  18. Motions for which notice has been given (see Schedule 3)

 

SCHEDULE 1 — PAPERS AND CERTAIN DOCUMENTS

  1. Department of Agriculture – Annual Report 2008 (Parliamentary Paper No.3 of 2012)
  2. Department of Agriculture – Annual Report 2009 (Parliamentary Paper No.14 of 2015)
  3. Ministry of iTaukei Affairs – Annual Report 2014 (Parliamentary Paper No.37 of 2015)

 

SCHEDULE 2 — QUESTIONS

Oral Questions

170/2015 Hon. Jiosefa Dulakiverata to ask the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport – Would the Minister inform the House what is the requisite timeframe of the Design and Built Master Agreement (DBMA) between the Housing Authority of Fiji and the contractor Top Symphony regarding the development of Waila City.

171/2015 Hon. Ratu Isoa Tikoca to ask the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport – Can the Minister inform the House what measures Government is taking to ensure the bus transport services to Tonia village, Tailevu resumes.

172/2015 Hon. Dr. Biman Prasad to ask the Prime Minister and Minister for iTaukei Affairs and Sugar Industry – Will the Minister inform the House of the following in the absence of Fiji Sugar Corporation providing weekly crush reports for each of its four mills –

(a) The total cane crushed and sugar produced by each of the four mills since the beginning of the 2015 harvesting and crushing season and TCTS (Tonnes of Cane to a Tonnes of Sugar) recorded by each mill;

(b) The weekly throughput average of each of the four mills and the weekly crushing capacity of each of the four mills for the 2015 season;

(c) The hours of mill stoppages caused by breakdowns or mechanical problems at each of the four mills for the 2015 season;

(d) The hours of stoppage caused by outside stoppage or lack of cane supply due to bad weather or other conditions for the 2015 season; and

(e) The losses incurred by breakdowns at each mill.

173/2015 Hon. Netani Rika to ask the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism – Recently the Prime Minister launched the Fijian Trade Policy Framework. Can the Minister explain what is the Fiji Trade Policy Framework and how will it benefit Fiji’s trade and investment.

174/2015 Hon. Alexander O’Conner to ask the Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration – Could the Minister inform the House what the Fiji Police Force and his Ministry are doing to combat the recent influx of drug importation into/through Fiji.

175/2015 Hon. Jilila Kumar to ask the Minister for Youth and Sports – Can the Minister inform the House on Fiji’s recent participation and performance at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles, USA.

 

Written questions

176/2015 Hon. Semesa Karavaki to ask the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Public Enterprises, Public Service and Communications – Would the Minister inform the House on the following –

(a) The total number of judges of the High Court appointed are presently sitting; and

(b) The total number of decisions pending for each of the judges and highlight the period lapsed since the conclusion of the hearing in regards to each case.

177/2015 Hon. Ratu Suliano Matanitobua to ask the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Public Enterprises, Public Service and Communications – In respect of the Government’s 2011 Export Income Deduction incentive, can the Minister provide –

(a) The names of the exporters who were extended this relief from 2011-2015; and

(b) Of these exporters, outline the direct benefit and value-addition of their exports to the Fiji economy during this period.

 

SCHEDULE 3 — MOTIONS FOR DEBATE

  1. Hon. Tupou Draunidalo to move – “That this Parliament, seek to acquire Parliamentary Counsel and staff as a matter of urgency who are independent of the other arms of the State, to enable the Parliament to carry out its work as the law making body and highest court of the land.”
  2. Hon. Tupou Draunidalo to move – “That the Standing Committee on Social Affairs investigate and reports back to the Parliament on indigenous landowner grievances relating to the payment, non-payment and/or investment of monies accrued to the TLTB for the benefit of the various landowning units.”

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