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[New post] Extraordinary session of Parliament called – but agenda shrouded in secrecy

WordPress.com bobmakin posted: " The big news today was carried by Radio Vanuatu, that Parliament is to meet on 21 November. This announcement was given as the usual service message from the Clerk and Speaker of Parliament and gave no details of the agenda of the extraordinary sittin" Respond to this post by replying above this line New post on Vanuatu Daily Digest Extraordinary session of Parliament called – but agenda shrouded in secrecy by bobmakin The big news today was carried by Radio Vanuatu, that Parliament is to meet on 21 November. This announcement was given as the usual service message from the Clerk and Speaker of Parliament and gave no details of the agenda of the extraordinary sitting. That said, MPs were told, that owing to communications and transport difficulties, they would not know what the business to be conducted during the extraordinary sitting will concern. They will only receive their packets of documents when they arrive in Port Vila. For the Westminster democracy system to work properly, the people of Vanuatu need their representatives to be able to discuss any proposed legislation with their constituents, in their electorates, before they arrive in Parliament. It also brings up the question of the MPs constitutional rights to information. Since in recent times we have had to participate in the general discussion concerning electoral reforms and the introduction of income taxes, it behoves the state to set what we call here 'the Awareness' in motion at the earliest possible moment. Just saying the MPs papers can be found at the Clerk's office when they arrive in town does not comply with the MPs' and general public's right to information. We will be hearing quite a lot more about rights to information (RTI) and it is to be hoped the next sitting will see Read more of this post bobmakin | November 9, 2016 at 4:41 pm | Tags: agriculture, judiciary, parliament, politics, right to information, RTI, tourism, Vanuatu | Categories: The Daily Digest | URL: http://wp.me/p2A4RK-1qP Comment    See all comments Unsubscribe to no longer receive posts from Vanuatu Daily Digest. Change your email settings at Manage Subscriptions. Trouble clicking? Copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://vanuatudaily.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/extraordinary-session-parliament-called-agenda-shrouded-secrecy/ Thanks for flying with WordPress.com

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