Nemani Delaibatiki: Brutal Assessment Of MPs Performance In Debates

Many found wanting during Supplementary Question time, Researchers recommend ways for SODELPA members to improve the presentation
22 Jan 2020 10:05
Nemani Delaibatiki: Brutal Assessment Of MPs Performance In Debates
Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka, Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya and Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro.


SODELPA Opposition MPs were not spared in a brutal assessment of their performance in parliamentary debates last year.

The assessment was carried out by three independent researchers who analyzed the MPs contributions in debates.

Most of the MPs were exposed during supplementary question time, a copy of the researchers’ report reveals.

The report is in a memorandum by the Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka of a review of the MPs and the caucus during the 2018/2019 sessions of Parliament.

Supplementary questions need no commentary but some MPs make statements before they ask their questions.

This was highlighted by the researchers in their report.
In the February 11-15 sittings of last year here’s what the researchers said about some of the MPs;

Adi Litia Qionibaravi: She clarified an issue from the previous day. It is the responsibility of MPs to rectify a misunderstanding from the Government. This should always be done as soon as possible.

Salote Radrodro: Comment followed by a question. Slight restructure of the question needed. The question was not clear and required clarification.

Lynda Tabuya: Statement instead of direct question. Bordering on a rhetorical question where the answer is given. Need to ask relevant question that positively contributes to the debate. Formulation of question to be improved on.

Niko Nawaikula: Need to back up question with data. Question to be structured. The MPs should be mindful of what they say in Parliament as this reflects on the party as a whole.

Sitiveni Rabuka: Need to familiarise himself with the portfolios of the ministers and ask questions accordingly.

Ro Teimumu Kepa: Asked a question not related to main question.

Inosi Kurudrani: Need to make the reference to pertinent information. Asked the substantive question again by withdrawing the last sentence.

Mosese Bulitavu: Suggestion for stating facts first, then followed by question. Background facts and information should be put together. It would advisable to ask one question at a time.

Simione Rasova: Need to formulate question that is easily understood,cut down on facts and concentrate more on the subject matter of the question. When asking a question, its relevance and importance need to be ascertained specifically and generally.

Ro Filipe Tuisawau: Need to restructure the question in a manner that is easily comprehensible. It is advisable to ask one major question or a question with a series of related questions Comment followed by question – it is better to ask the question towards the end, as such the emphasis is on the question. Need for uniformity and consistency in our response to ministerial statements.

Ratu Timoci Navurelevu: Question should be in regard to what has been provided by the minister.

Aseri Radrodro: Need to restructure the supplementary question. The question was not clear and required clarification.

Viliame Gavoka: At first the supplementary question was not apparent. He asked a question not related to the main question.

M Bulanauca: The question need ed to be backed with pertinent and current data and the structure of the question needed to be improved. Not in tune with the discussions and deliberations in Parliament.

J Saukuru: The structure of the question to be improved on.

On Oral Questions, the researchers highlighted areas that needed improvement.

Mr Rabuka asked when Labour unions conduct their elections. The researchers said it must be noted that elections for union executives were now conducted by the Fijian Elections Office.

They were also critical of Ms Tabuya and Mr Nawaikula, who spoke on crimes.

“It may be useful to refer to specific statistics as a way of transmitting that information to the public.”



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