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Time is Dictated By Me, says Ratu Epeli

“It is my job to ensure that there is time for all these Bills to be debated in Parliament. Just make sure you are here. Let’s make no doubt about that,” he said.
28 Jul 2022 17:46
Time is Dictated By Me, says Ratu Epeli
Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. Photo: Parliament of the Republic of Fiji

The Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, says time in Parliament is dictated by him.

Ratu Epeli made this comment after the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader, Viliame Gavoka, questioned whether there would be enough time allocated to debate all the Bills that were being tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.

Mr Gavoka said he failed to understand how the Bills were being tabled and passed in Parliament. “Where do we have the time to debate all these Bills? We were given six Bills to debate yesterday,” he said.

 

“How are we allocating time for all this honourable speaker? I am at a loss to understand how we agree on these laws. By the way, I see that the time has been taken up already.”

“We must make sense of our Parliament. The way they bring Bills to be tabled and passed to this House is unforgivable. Very casual how they handle this legislation,” he said.

In response, Ratu Epeli said there will be time given for all the Bills being tabled in Parliament this week to be debated.

 

“Honourable members let me make it clear, time in this house is dictated by the speaker. There will be time for all these Bills to be debated in Parliament.”

“It is my job to ensure that there is time for all these Bills to be debated in Parliament. Just make sure you are here. Let’s make no doubt about that,” he said.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Saiyed Khaiyum said Ratu Epeli had correctly highlighted that they have full control of time.

Mr Saiyed-Khaiyum said even if parliamentarians debate motions, there are no time restrictions.

 

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