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Parliament adjourns till next week to allow government to complete legislative matters on the 2019 sports revenue collection law highly contested by many members

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 08/08/2017

 

Heated debates by Members of Parliament  over the legality of  Government’s collection of revenue from imposed tax aimed to fund the Pacific Games 2019 which Tonga has withdrawn from has forced the speaker to adjourn the house until next week..

 

The former Minister of Finance – Dr. ‘Aisake Eke confirmed, this is illegal because that money was aimed for the sports hosting.  Which we have withdrawn from.

 

Lord Tu’ilakepa – Number Two nobles’ representative of Vava’u then said this money collection from the people is an unlawful initiative.

 

In response the Minister of Justice – Hon Vuna Fa’otusia – still believes there is nothing wrong with the collection of revenue referring to the foreign exchange levy and the departure tax put in place to fund the 2019 Pacific Games.

 

The Speaker of the House – Lord Tu’ivakano then urged members to speak responsibly and abide by the legislation.

 

Samiu Vaipulu of Vava’u 15, then said, he has already requested the house to repeal this law when they discussed the budget but his concern was ignored and now they’re going back to the problem that he raised earlier during the deliberation on the budget.

 

The Prime Minister – Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva said this issue will be taken up with the Attorney General.

 

In his summing up this morning the Speaker adjourned the house until next Monday to allow government to complete amendment and legal matters of the revenue collection for sports discussed this morning.

 

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