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Parliament is adjourned until 9:30 am on Monday 16th December 2019.

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TUESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2019

The second meeting of the eleventh Parliament has adjourned to 25th November 2019.

Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare moved a motion of special adjournment to allow Parliament to prepare for the Royal Highness visit next week.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition Peter Kenilorea Jr said whilst the Royal visit is important the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) also need time to look into the 2020 Appropriation Bill 2019, therefore supports the motion.

The Leader of the Independent Group, Hon. Robertson Galokale also supported the motion.

Chairman of PAC, Hon. Douglas Ete in his comments to the motion of special adjournment said PAC will need time to gather information and write a report on the inquiries, therefore, they will need at least two weeks to do this.

PAC now proceeds with inquires today 19th November 2019, beginning with consultations and queries with Central Bank of Solomon Islands, the Ministry of Planning for Development Coordination, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, the Ministry of Forestry and Research and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The schedule of hearings showed that inquiries will last for a week and a half.

MONDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2019

The second meeting of the eleventh Parliament commences today the 18th of November 2019.

According to the Provisional Order Paper, two Bills will be brought before Parliament for the first and second readings this morning. The ‘2020 Appropriation Bill 2019’ and the ‘Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2019.’

The ‘Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2019’ will also go for the second reading.

And a motion to invite his Royal Highness onto the Parliament Dais is also expected to be moved by the Hon. Prime Minister.

The motion reads, “That Parliament invite His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales onto the Dais of this Chamber at 10:20 a.m. on Monday 25th November 2019, in order that His Royal Highness may deliver an address to Parliament.”

Parliament is expected to specially adjourn to the 25th of November 2019, thus a motion of special adjournment to be moved by the Prime Minister.

FRIDAY 22 MARCH 2019

Knowing the roles and duties of a Member of Parliament or simply just learning about parliament in the classroom, became a life experience for 80 4th graders from the Kukum Seventh Day Adventist Primary, who visited the National Parliament earlier this week on Wednesday 20th March 2019.

As part of their social science curriculum they learnt about Parliament and was the main purpose of their brief tour, which gave them more insight into the duties of Parliament.

The Parliament Education department is responsible for conducting educational school tours. The school tours are a part of Parliaments ongoing education outreach program to help young people better understand the role of Parliamentary Democracy.

The aim of these school tours are to help young students appreciate the Westminster parliamentary system adopted from Britain, to help them understand the three different political groupings in Parliament and the processes in which a bill is debated and becomes a law. For the first time a “Role Play” activity was introduced as part of the school tour in which students were given the roles of MPs to which they also debated on a mock bill.

The content and structure of tours are designed differently for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students.

The Kukum SDA student’s enjoyed their tour and asked a lot of questions relating to the role of the speaker, the sitting arrangements in the chamber and parliamentary terms.

It was an exciting and interactive experience for the young students. They learnt about the role of MPs at the same time given an opportunity to be one. These activities help students appreciate parliamentary democracy at an early age and hopefully when they grow up be more active citizens.

Schools in and around Honiara are encouraged to write and request to visit. All school tours are free and open to schools, church groups and community groups.

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