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Parliamentary Sitting Summary, April 21-22, 2015

Parliamentary Sitting Summary, April 21-22, 2015

APRIL 21 – 22, 2015

Upon the Speaker taking his Chair and at the conclusion of opening prayers, the first day of the Legislative Assembly’s April 2015 session officially commenced.
A total of 8 Parliamentary Papers were tabled in accordance with Standing Order 48: 5 Annual Reports and 3 Government Responses.
6 Bills were introduced under a Message from the Council of Deputies; Criminal Procedure Bill, Central Bank of Samoa Bill and the District Courts Bill. The Casino & Gambling Control Amendment Bill, Electoral Amendment Bill (No. 2) and the International Companies Amendment Bill were introduced under a Certificate of Urgency.
5 Select Committee Reports were presented in accordance with Standing Order 51(5); these reports were from the Finance and Expenditure Committee, the Government Administration Committee and the Justice, Police & Prisons, Land & Titles Committee. Pursuant to Standing Order 54, the Government must provide the Assembly a response to Committee recommendations within 90 days.
6 Bills were second read: the Criminal Procedure Bill 2015 (referred to the Justice, Police & Prisons, Land & Titles Committee), the Central Bank of Samoa Bill 2015 (referred to the Finance and Expenditure Committee), the District Courts Bill (referred to the Justice, Police & Prisons, Land & Titles Committee), the Casino & Gambling Control Amendment Bill 2015 (circumvents normal passage as it was introduced under a Certificate of Urgency), the Electoral Amendment Bill (No.2) 2015 (referred to the Primary Production, Commerce, Industry and Labour Committee ), and the International Companies Amendment Bill 2015 (circumvents normal passage as it was introduced under a Certificate of Urgency).*

* Overview of Bills Read a Second Time by the Assembly:
The first Bill to be put before the House for second reading was the Casino and Gambling Control Amendment Bill 2012. After the Hon Prime Minister and Minister Responsible for Gambling Control Authority motion for second reading, he delivered a clarification speech to the House. Members who spoke on the Bill were:
1. Aveau Nikotemo Palamo, Member for Faleata East (Tautua)
2. Motuopuaa Uifagasa Aisoli Vaai, Member for Vaisigano No. 2 (Tautua)
3. Hon Palusalue Faapo II, Leader of the Opposition and Member for Safata (Tautua) and
4. Toeolesulusulu Cedric Pose Salesa Schuster, Member or Aana Alofi No.3 (Tautua)
Substantial issues raised by Members included:
1. Mobile gambling games;
2. Access to Casino’s through foreign passports; and
3. Categorization of licence being issued.

 

The second Bill to be put before the House for second reading was the Electoral Amendment Bill (No.2) 2015**. After the Hon Minister of Justice and Courts’ Administrations motion that the Bill be second read, she delivered a brief clarification to the House. Members who spoke on the bill were:
1. Papalii Lio Masipau, Member for Faasaleleaga No. 2 (Tautua)
2. Motuopuaa Uifagasa Aisoli Vaai, Member for Vaisigano No. 2 (Tautua)
3. Afualo Wood Uti Salele, Member for Salega (Tautua).
4. Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, Member for Faleata West (Tautua)
5. Hon Papaliitele Niko Lee Hang, Individual Voters (HRPP)
6. Maualaivao Pat Ah Him, Individual Voters (HRPP)
7. Levaopolo Talatonu, Member for Gagaemauaga No.2 (Tautua)
8. Aveau Nikotemo Palamo, Member for Faleata East (Tautua)
9. Tufuga Gafoaleata Faitua, Member for Vaisigano No. 1 (HRPP)
10. Tuisa Tasi Patea, Member for Sagaga le Falefa (HRPP)
11. Lenatai Victor Faafoi Tamapua, Member for Vaimauga West (HRPP)
12. Hon Tuuu Anasii Leota, Member for Siumu (HRPP)
13. Hon Faumuina Tiatia Faaolatane Liuga, Member for Palauli i Falefa (HRPP)
14. Tialavea Fea Tionisio Seigafolava, Member for Vaa o Fonoti (HRPP)
15. Toeolesulusulu Cedric Pose Salesa Schuster, Member or Aana Alofi No.3 (Tautua)
16. Hon Aeau Peniamina Leavaiseeta, Member for Falealupo (HRPP)
17. Peseta Vaifou Tevaga, Member for Faasaleleaga No. 4 (HRPP) and
18. Agafili Patisela Eteuati Tolovaa, Member Palauli West (HRPP).
Substantial issues raised by Members included:
1. Traditional boundaries;
2. Electorate roll of Faleata;
3. Urban constituencies and non-traditional villages;
4. Right to appeal a decision;
5. 6 months requirement of residency of the voter for Urban constituencies;
6. Individual voters roll to form Urban Constituencies;
7. 3 working days to challenge qualification of another candidate;
8. Bill to be referred to Committee for consideration and public submissions; and
9. Proposal for an Urban seat for Savaii.

 

** NB: The Electoral Amendment Bill (No.2) 2015, is referred to the Primary Production, Commerce, Industry and Labour Committee for its consideration. Although it was introduced under a Certificate of Urgency a motion was moved for the Bill to be referred for Committee consideration and to allow for public submissions.
The third Bill to be put before the House for second reading was the International Companies Amendment Bill 2015. After Hon Prime Minister and Minister Responsible for the Samoa International Finance Authority motion that the Bill be second read, he delivered a brief statement to the House. Members did not raise any issues regarding this Bill; it was second read without debate.

The fourth Bill to be put before the House for second reading was the Central Bank of Samoa Bill 2015. After the Hon Prime Minister and Minister for Finance moved motion that the Bill be second read, he delivered a clarification speech to the House. Members who spoke on the bill were:
1. Aveau Nikotemo Palamo, Member for Faleata East (Tautua) and
2. Levaopolo Talatonu, Member for Gagaemauaga No.2 (Tautua)
Substantial issues raised by Members included:
1. Non-executive Members in the Board;
2. Audit Committee; and
3. Objectives of the Bill

 

The fifth Bill to be put before the House for second reading was the Criminal Procedure Bill 2015. After the Hon Minister of Justice and Courts Administrations motion that the Bill be second read she delivered a clarification speech to the House. Members who spoke on the bill were:
1. Levaopolo Talatonu, Member for Gagaemauaga No.2 (Tautua)
2. Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, Member for Faleata West (Tautua)
3. Papalii Lio Masipau, Member for Faasaleleaga No. 2 (Tautua) and
4. Tafua Maluelue Tafua, Member for Aleipata Itupa i Lalo (HRPP).
Substantial issues raised by Members included:
1. Appealed cases;
2. Selection of Assessors; and
3. Citizens Arrest

 

The final Bill to be put before the House for second reading was the District Courts Bill 2015. After the Hon Minister of Justice and Courts Administrations motion that the Bill be second read she delivered a clarification speech to the House. Members did not speak on any issues regarding the Bill; the Bill was read a second time without debate:

2 Bills were considered in detail and passed by the Assembly: the Casino & Gambling Amendment Bill 2015 and the International Companies Amendment Bill 2015.
3 Bills were considered in detail along with Committee reports: the Food Bill 2013 (14/15 No. 227, Report of the Health, Social Services, Internal Affairs, Community and Social Development Committee), the Slaughter and Meaty Supply Bill 2014 (14/15 No. 228, Report of the Primary Production, Commerce, Industry and Labour Committee), and the National Provident Fund Amendment Bill (14/15 No. 229, Report of the Finance and Expenditure Committee).

On the second day of Parliament new Member for Sagaga le Usoga, Susuga SEIULI Ueligitone Seiuli was sworn in. The seat was vacated when Afioga MUAGUTUTAGATA Faamausili Auimatagi Peter Ah Him resigned on the last day of the sitting in February.

MORE INFORMATION:
See detailed Summary of debates http://www.parliament.gov.ws/new/parliament-business/daily-progress-summary/2015-april/

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