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Opposition protest

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

OPPOSITION members in Parliament yesterday stood in protest of the Speakers decision to not allow a question by Ratu Isoa Tikoca on Pacific Islands Forum.

All members stood up and told the Speaker that most of the time, questions from the Opposition bench were not allowed to be asked in Parliament.

In his point of order, Ratu Isoa said the issue of Fiji not wanting Australia and New Zealand to be part of the forum was a national issue and important for Parliament to address.

In response, Dr Luveni said the MP's point of order was not of national interest.

She said the issue had been given in-depth coverage by the media and was something she would look into later.

The Opposition protest was met with criticism from members on the Government bench.

According to Parliamentary Standing Order 36 (2), a motion stands over, without debate, until the end of business for that sitting day, but only if in the Speakers's opinion, the matter is a particular case of recent occurrence that involves the administrative or ministerial responsibility of the Government which requires the immediate attention of Parliament and the Government and leave of Parliament is given or, if leave is not given, no less than 10 members rise in their places to support the adjournment motion.

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