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Speaker Rules Out Petition

“This petition is clearly an attempt to get Parliament to take action that is not within the power of Parliament to take,” Ratu Epeli said.
15 May 2019 15:19
Speaker Rules Out Petition
Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau in Parliament. Photo: Fijian Parliament

Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau yesterday ruled that a petition by an Opposition parliamentarian was out of order and would not be tabled in Parliament.

The petition, by Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) MP Aseri Radrodro, called for Parliament to allow the Minister for Lands to grant state land to Yavusa Tovatova in Vatukoula for their resettlement.

“This petition is clearly an attempt to get Parliament to take action that is not within the power of Parliament to take,” Ratu Epeli said.

“As such this petition cannot be allowed under the standing order.”

Ratu Epeli reiterated that the Parliament must always uphold and respect the constitutional separation of powers between the three arms of the state; the judiciary, legislature and executive.

“It is not for Parliament to direct the exercise of executive authority when a written law expressly gives the authority to the executive,” he said.

“I note this petition seeks to make Parliament make resolutions for the Minister of Lands to grant State Land to a landowning unit.

“Such decisions cannot be made by Parliament, which is what this petition is seeking.”

Ratu Epeli reminded members that the use of petitions for such purposes was wholly improper and ignored the fact that by written law Parliament had given the authority to the executive.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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