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NATIONAL PARLIAMENT OF SOLOMON ISLANDS 8TH PARLIAMENT – 1ST SESSION – 4TH MEETING DAILY HANSARD FRIDAY 24 TH AUGUST 2007 (Draft Copy – Subject to Changes upon revision) The Speaker, Rt Hon Sir Peter Kenilorea took the chair at 9.30 a.m. Hon SOGAVARE: Point of order, Mr Speaker. Sir, I want to make a series of points of order Prayers here and refer to Standing Orders 27. Mr Speaker, the motion as worded and appears in ATTENDANCE the Order Paper for today is procedurally and constitutionally flawed, and would like it to be At prayers all were present with ruled out. the exception of the Ministers The proposed motion as presently for National Reform & Aid formulated contravenes at least three provisions Coordination, Lands & Survey, of the Standing Orders - 27(3)(a), which Home Affairs, Forestry, provides that “If the Speaker is of the opinion Environment & Conservation, that the proposed motion or amendment is one Finance & Treasury, Foreign which infringes, or the debate on which it is Affairs, External Trade & likely to infringe, any of the provisions of these Immigration and the Members Orders” 27(3)(e) which provides that the motion for West Guadalcanal, East is “framed in terms which are inconsistent with Honiara, Central Kwara‟ae, the dignity of Parliament and (f) it contains or Rennell and Bellona, Small implies allegations which in the Speaker‟s Malaita, Ranogga/Simbo, East opinion cannot be substantiated by the Member. Are Are, North West Choiseul, I elaborate as follows, Mr Speaker. North Malaita, Maringe/Kokota, Firstly, Mr Speaker, objection is taken to the Gao/Bugotu, wording of the motion in terms that Parliament Hograno/Kia/Havulei, East is not requesting or calling upon the government Makira, North Guadalcanal, to do what it asks but dictating or demanding its North New Georgia, West acknowledgement. Sir, that is contrary to the Kwaio, Ulawa/Ugi, and South dignity of Parliament. New Georgia/Rendova. Secondly, Mr Speaker, the motion is also unbefitting to the dignity of Parliament in characterizing what happened as an illegal entry STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT and invasion. That is a conclusion which cannot BUSINESS be made without judicial determination. That matter is still before the Papua New Guinea MOTIONS Courts. Sir, any description in terms of an Motion No.8 invasion is an attack on our sovereignty which this Parliament cannot countenance. Mr BOYERS: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Thirdly, Mr Speaker, the description of what happened as an illegal entry and invasion and demands as bona fide are allegations which I have already had clarification on this cannot be substantiated by the Member on legal base in legal and also with the full particularly when those are legal conclusions the approval of the Speaker. But Mr Speaker, court is yet to determine, the Member lacks legal notwithstanding I would like to leave it to your qualification. chair. I believe the process I am portraying here Mr Speaker, the proper addressing of the is not a demand for compensation but it is motion and the so called bona fide demands is recognition of the voice of traditional people the Government of Papua New Guinea. The representing their sovereignty, their rights and Solomon Islands Government does not own the their laws, which has been declared in this Papua New Guinea Military Craft. Also the House that this is the proper place to present flight is not an aircraft. I think the motion just those. quickly needs amendment and will benefit from I am not asking the government to grammatical proofing and proper English. allocate funding out of the consolidated fund. I But I think the most serious of the am just asking that the demands and protests be objections, Mr Speaker, by the Government is recognized as a right. Standing Order 28, which provides as follows. As of today my people have had no “In the case of a motion or amendment to a response to the letters and request to this motion, the effect of which, in the opinion of the Government and to the PNG Government Speaker, is that provision should be made for through the executive. any of the purposes set out in section 60 of the By the muffle of my voice on behalf of constitution (that is to say, that such motion if my people, there is no other conduit to be able to carried, will require the introduction of a bill to express the process of good governance, make provision for imposing or increasing any transparency and accountability. The Standing tax, for imposing or increasing any charge on Orders are there and to suppress the sovereign the consolidated fund or other funds of Solomon right, Mr Speaker this Parliament has already Islands including aid funds which have been or been hijacked. I stand here with full sovereign might be made available to Solomon Islands or right to express my people‟s concern on this for altering any such charge otherwise then by floor. reducing it, or for compounding or reducing any This motion does not have to be passed. debt due to Solomon Islands)”, and then it went But I just want to make sure that my peoples‟ on to provide what actions the Speaker should voices are heard. If the government sees it fit take Mr Speaker. not to approve or vote against this motion, so be We do not have money. There is no it. But the voice of my people has a right on this budget provision and we are not intending, and floor of Parliament to be heard. Their this motion, Mr Speaker, if it is to be allowed grievances have been muffled and silenced. today, it must first of all under Standing Orders I leave it to your decision, Mr Speaker. 28 needs to be approved by Cabinet because it involves payment of compensation. With those Mr Speaker: From the chair, first of all, the admissions, I request if you could rule that this motion itself has the word „considers‟. On the motion is not in order and ask the Member other point raised by the Prime Minister that the concerned to withdraw it. case is before the courts, and that is the court is in Papua New Guinea and therefore it is a Mr Boyers: Mr Speaker, I acknowledge the different jurisdiction to that of Solomon Islands. Prime Minister‟s concern on this motion. But there is a word to be proved by evidence, Notwithstanding this is a motion in response to which is „illegal‟, which I think the Prime the Government‟s declaration surrounding this Minister has a point there if it can be amended. thing, and that I feel it is my constitutional right Unless proved otherwise the word „illegal‟ in the of representing the sovereignty of this country motion needs to be proved by evidence. For that has now been hijacked in the processing of not reason I would like to ask the MP for West New allowing the process of freedom of Georgia/Vona Vona to discuss with the learned representation of my people‟ concerns. Attorney General or the Clerk to amend the wording of the motion so that right words are of my people under the Constitution and the put in the motion before it can be allowed to be responsibility of the Government to serve the debated again. people. I will suspend the Sitting for 20 minutes This motion represents upholding the for the Attorney General and Member for Vona sovereign rights and sovereign laws and most Vona to sort out the wording „illegal‟. That is a importantly the rights and obligations of this ruling from the Chairman. Parliament in representing the voice of the people via the Legislature, especially if that Hon Sogavare: Point of order Mr Speaker. voice is being deprived of response. Can I ask the Attorney General to shed some My people have waited 10 months and light on some of the points you raised. the silence is deafening, and due to this silence, I have no option but to bring this before this floor Attorney General: Mr Speaker I want to put of Parliament for transparency and this point on the floor of Parliament for the accountability sake. people of Solomon Islands to hear that I do have Mr Speaker, I would like to start by an ethical problem rising on this motion on its briefly refreshing this House and Nation by amendment on its defects. Mr Speaker, I must revisiting the events of that early morning the excuse myself from any task concerned with the 10th October 2006 in Munda. You all know the motion for self evident reasons. events when a PNG Military plane buzzed into the Munda Airport under the cover of darkness Mr Speaker: Thank you. With the assistance in the early morning. of the parliamentary staff legal people, they Munda residents were woken to the could find the right words for this motion. sounds of screaming turbo props as attempt after Otherwise Standing Order 27 (3) that if it is in attempt was made to land without being seen. the Speaker‟s opinion that the motion could be Those that managed to get to the airstrip hid in moved then that is final. However, because of the bushes and watched with horror as the gate the wording of the motion, I would like to ask of the plane dropped and armed personnel took the MP for Vona Vona especially the language their positions on the strip in intimidating in this motion. That is the ruling from the chair. manner. As the plane dropped its cargo of three people, including the Attorney General sitting in Sitting suspended for 20 minutes this Chamber, the armed soldiers jumped aboard and disappeared into the darkness from whence Parliament resumes they came. Its human cargo was watched as they hid in the bush before they decided that no Mr Speaker: As directed under Standing Order one had seen them and then made their to the 27(2) the motion is amended. I have now hospital end of the strip, but they were soon allowed the Member of Parliament for West apprehended by the authority. New Georgia/Vona Vona to continue move his The people were angry over this action motion. as no planes land at night in Munda because if there is any large aircraft such as that military Mr BOYERS: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I rise to plane, the village elders and community are move the amended Motion No. 8 which says made aware of its arrival days before hand by “That the Government considers what action it the airport authorities. This is the custom that will take to address the bona fide demands of the exists between the enforcement and regulatory people of Munda over the unscheduled entry and authorities in the communities living in and landing of a Papua New Guinea Military plane around the airport. at Munda on the 10 th October 2006.” Mr Speaker, the Bougainville Crisis is Mr Speaker, as the MP for West New still afresh in our minds where guns have been a Georgia/Vona Vona Constituency, I am nightmare of our people. Incursion of PNG presenting this motion to bring to light the military is not a new issue which has led to seriousness of what has happened. It is the right compensation issues that has only been partially through Solomon Islands and has landed in resolved. Munda this morning. Original compensation that was Mr Speaker, there has been a full allocated for this purpose was used for the PNG briefing with the Commissioner of Police and Chancery and for the University Students‟ fees other core authorities including immigration etc. That is a fact. The reason for that is if the officials and the matter is now in the hands of PNG Authorities paid compensation direct to the Police. those affected, then the compensation demand Mr Speaker, I also have called the PNG from the Bougainville Authorities would be a High Commissioner to my office after thousand fold. So just hide it in an aid package. Parliament this afternoon to find out and Mr Speaker, in 2004, I was appointed express to them the concerns of the Solomon the Chairman of the PNG Solomon Islands Islands Government. Unfortunately, as usually Border Committee with the responsibility of required, there was no diplomatic clearance of creating an effective mechanism for border the reported military light aircraft, which movement for the traditional people, but most brought in the Attorney General. importantly to re-establish border relations with As of this afternoon, it is now within the PNG, which eventuated in the ratification of hands of the Police to take care of Mr Moti (if I Sovereign Border Treaties. These Treaties were can mention the name) and he will now be security treaties so that each countries subjected to the Immigration Laws of this environment and people are protected and country including breach of the Passport Act”. respected. The Minister further went on to say after Why did PNG Authorities think that my question, “but at the moment what we are people were a threat? We have not even had an concerned about is breaching of the laws of this apology, not a national apology or one for the country and he will now be subject to the full Munda people? This was no accident. It was a brunt of our legal laws.” unquote. planned act, which resulted in the breach and There it is again for the record, Mr violation of international law and sovereign laws Speaker. On the 11th October the Honorable of this country. Prime Minister was asked a question without If we had been invaded, are we at war? notice by the Leader of Opposition on his Or someone from inside Solomon Islands knowledge and involvement of how this flight conspired with outside foreign forces to invade could have happened and all the Prime Minister us. It was an armed invasion, the cargo of what responded to was the acknowledgement that he I called a bomb, which has now infiltrated into had sent a political appointee and a legal aid to our sovereign system through the backdoor like assist the encumbered Attorney General and a computer virus. My people have been referred to the Foreign Affairs Minister‟s terrorized and the issues must be addressed. statement as having answered the issue loud and Mr Speaker, this leads me to the clear. The honorable Prime Minister in support reaction and response of the Government. This of the Minister of Foreign Affair‟s statement event happened in last year‟s sitting of denied any involvement. Parliament in October 2006 and the response I am moving this motion, Mr Speaker, from the Government was from the Foreign because I have been given the mandate of the Affairs Minister who made a statement in Chiefs and Community Leaders, including the Parliament, which I would like to read it again Provincial ward members, Church leaders and what the Foreign Affairs Minister said to this business leaders of Munda to represent them on House. this issue. The leaders are also supported by the With your indulgence Mr Speaker I Western Provincial Government in their protest. would like to read that statement and I quote: This is the burden and privilege that I willingly “Mr Speaker, the Government would like to have to accept. clarify that we have been informed that the Days following the illegal incursion, community Attorney General who was held in Port Moresby leaders met and drafted the official protest over the last week or so has now found his way demand letter dated 17th October 2006. As mandated, the letter was delivered to the communities in Munda and an official Solomon Islands honorable Prime Minister, the apology for using our area for illegal PNG honorable Prime Minister, the High operation. Commission and copied to all relevant authorities with all signatures. The only (2) The PNG to pay $10million in response was from the Ministry of Foreign compensation to the traditional Affairs as we have heard and the Prime Minister communities of Munda and an official saying on radio that people of Munda have the apology for using a military plane to right to complain. That was all. carry out an illegal international With your indulgence, Mr Speaker, I operation armed invasion in our would like to read the letter of demand from my community using fear and intimidation. people: We further advise that until our demands have been addressed to our “From West New Georgia/Vona Vona satisfaction that we as the traditional Constituency people’s leaders will hold you and those Church Council. Official Protest of Demand you support contempt of our security dated 17 th October 2006. and human rights retain the right to protest our action accordingly. You To the Honorable Prime Minister of Solomon respectful and immediate response is Islands and most appreciated. The Honorable Prime Minister of Papua New Yours faithfully, Guinea. The Chiefs and Community Leaders of Munda” unquote. There has been no response to that letter until to Dear Honorable Prime Ministers, date. We, the traditional Leaders of Munda are Mr Speaker, some might say why insulted by the recent action the Solomon $10million. As far as I am concerned, this is an Islands Government and the Government of indication of the seriousness of the offence that Papua New Guinea in the planned escape of the the Munda people and leaders are protesting Prime Minister’s friend and appointed Attorney about. General, Mr Julian Moti by the PNG Defense Mr Speaker, where is the letter of Force using Munda as the off loading ground to protest from the Minister of Foreign Affairs this planned illegally and disrespectful demanding an explanation from the PNG undertaking on the night of 9th October 2006. Government? Where are the charges against this We, the undersigned signatories on behalf illegal entry? Where is the Police investigation of our people, fully realize that this military style on the acting Attorney General facing the full landing is in breach of both our country’s brunt of the law as the Foreign Affairs Minister bilateral commitment and also our security as had stated? the traditional people that the Solomon Islands One can only be left with the conclusion Government represents. of political interference and this is reinforced by We have been intimidated by the PNG the fact of the refusal to allow the Defence Military with a direct attack to military invasion Inquiry into Solomon Islands to interview and we will not accept our sovereign rights to be witnesses. The Inquiry was disallowed because abused and our area to be used as a place of of the excuse of sovereign jurisdiction. Where is criminal convenience by the Prime Ministers our Commission of Inquiry, Mr Speaker? Is appointee or the PNG Government’s military. this, politicians serving themselves, allowing We therefore demand that: laws to be broken and then using the word sovereignty to protect themselves? Is this (1) the Solomon Islands Government pay encouraging an act that led to our laws and $10million in compensation to traditional international laws to be broken endangering the lives of Solomon Islanders all for the sake of this these changes? If the PM is innocent then why person that is now sitting here in Parliament disallow investigation into the events? There classified as an international fugitive? Did you has been clear denial to address my people‟s call that sovereignty? demands with a full investigation. Where is the What we are seeing, Mr Speaker, is the Civil Aviation investigation? Where is the abuse of our nation and it is starting and has criminal investigation? Where is my people‟s always started at the top. To lead is to serve. investigation? Why did the Solomon Islands That is what is on our Coat of Arms. A Government not protest in the strongest possible crocodile and a shark are standing there too. terms? Where is the PNG Authority‟s national These two animals are cold blooded animals that apology to Solomon Islands? Where is the PNG can eat human beings. They are top line apology to the people of Munda? Where is the predators with no respect and regard for Prime Minister‟s address to clarify his position anything except survival. The Coat of Arms is to my people in relation to the Prime Minister‟s our warning as these two animals do not serve personnel and AG on board the flight? The anyone. This is no disrespect to our Coat of questions here are only 8 and not 666. Arms, Mr Speaker, as it is our sovereign Mr Speaker, there is nothing. Where is recognition and I am very proud of it. the condemnation of this illegal act by the Prime We saw it with the previous Police Minister? Why? Is it because of advice from Commissioner, we saw it with the Defense the then Acting Attorney General at that time Inquiry rejection to come to the Solomon Islands who comes from Munda? Is it denial or just the and we even saw it on the floor of Parliament, problem that the problem came from PNG? If it Mr Speaker. is PNG‟s fault then tell my people that. My people have been insulted by this This incident did not happen by military invasion and to add to the insult they accident, act on it. The April Riots Inquiry was have been badly insulted by being ignored. no problem to address, and that was a domestic What kind of talk is this? Munda people have issue. How much more important is this breach the right to complain. of sovereignty, breach of international law, After the Police Enforcement Agencies breach of bilateral security treaties, breach and moved in with the full brunt of the law as the violation of our laws that are there to protect my Foreign Affairs Minister said, all of a sudden people. As leaders is this how we treat our there was an attempt to legalize the whole people? process through political interference: Truth is the only tool that can set people free and until truth prevails we will never have get rid of the Commissioner of Police trust or prosperity. What sort of unity with good because he was seen to be representing governance is this, Mr Speaker? You cannot foreign influences, win the hearts of people if you treat the law with manipulate immigration process to make contempt, as my people have been treated with entry legitimate; contempt. My people‟s bona fide demands have when he gets challenged the Solicitor been ignored. You have not responded to say to General is threatened because he is those people that you have nothing to do with telling the truth, so get rid of him with the flight which carried your political appointee threats. to the PMO, your legal aid and your favorite steps to get a new Commissioner that Attorney General. Is this issue of the people‟s can be controlled so that he can arrest right is going to be addressed Mr Speaker? anyone that is a threat to the AG and My people need security of mind that make sure certain people cannot be their safety and environment is not threatened. investigated. When laws are broken that affects their safety, the Government of the day will protect and There is too much wantok business going on uphold their rights, as I am doing now, Mr here, Mr Speaker. Why would the PM create all Speaker, and I am doing it passionately. Why Mr Speaker? Because I know it is right and you we are going to hear the same speech in the next know and everyone else know that I am right. Parliament. We will hear the same things said This is what the Minister of Foreign by the MPs for West New Georgia/Vona Vona, Affairs stated on the 3rd October 2006 seven East Are Are, Small Malaita, North Vella and days before the illegal entry and invasion of this may be you too, Mr Speaker. Let us bring some plane in making his Government‟s position clear rules back into this House otherwise we will just on the diplomatic impasse between Australia continue to come to waste each other‟s time and Solomon Islands. I quote Mr Speaker, with listening to the same things that we continue to your indulgence again: “This Parliament, Mr say in this House when in fact the Government Speaker, as I have said must remain a symbol of has already put to action to deal with those our country’s sovereignty and we should be matters. The PNG Government is also going proud and passionate in defending this through elections this time, and so you give sovereignty including defending it from outside time. influences and interferences” unquote. Mr Speaker, even the Foreign Affairs Mr Haomae: Point of order Mr Speaker. Since Minister agrees with me. Funny the PNG High the Minister mentioned the MP for Small Commissioner was not expelled. Malaita I would like to raise a point of order. These motions are different, Mr Speaker. The Hon LILO: Mr Speaker, point of order. My Minister even when moving the Supplementary memory has now rewound itself and I thought I Appropriation Bill the previous week also used am rehearing the same things that have been the same words when he moved the mentioned by the same speaker in a meeting, Appropriation Budget. So it is the same. Who which is just a recent meeting of Parliament as are you accusing? You used the words when you well, and I thought that we need to bring some moved the Appropriation Bill and the very fundamental rule of this Parliament back to Supplementary Appropriation Bill too. light again. The Member is surmising under the Mr Speaker, we might contravene Order pretext of his motion, and I do not see any 36(3) if you allow the Member to continue with difficult with it because in the final analysis Mr his speech because he is saying the same things Speaker, they are different motions. The in a previous motion, and the motion I am circumstances and also the content and referring to was the motion I have been advised substance are quite different. Thank you Mr by the Office of the Clerk that there was a Speaker. motion moved in this House in the last meeting of Parliament, Mr Speaker, and the same Mr Speaker: Thank you honorable Minister of Member for West New Georgia/Vona Vona Finance and MP for Small Malaita. I think we spoke on the same matter, the tune was the shall allow the honorable Member to finish off same, the wording of his speech was same under his presentation and then the government side the motion moved by the Honorable Leader of will either speak for or against the motion and the Opposition, and MP for Central Kwara‟ae, then it shall be put to the vote. and the motion was that “SIG allows the PNG Defense Force Board of Inquiry to enter Hon Lilo: Mr Speaker, can I just conclude what Solomon Islands for the purpose of its enquiry”. I am saying. The fact that the MP for Small I am hearing the same content of the speech at Malaita made reference to the Supplementary that time is the same one he is now delivering. Budget and the Appropriation are totally Order 36 rule (3) puts some limit in restriction to different parameters. It is now clear to me that that kind of speech Mr Speaker. And if we the MP for Malaita has never listened to the continue we will only say the same things which speeches we have been making in here. What I Parliament has already made a decision on. delivered in the 2007 Budget is different from The right thing the Member should do is the Supplementary Budget. They are totally to try to move a motion to rescind the previous different. decision that Parliament has made. Otherwise But, Mr Speaker, the matter I am Mr Speaker, it is important that this arguing about is ruling on Order 36(3) and Small motion be seen in its true light and that is in Malaita has no right to order me to sit down considering these demands as their right so that because it is a fundamental rule of this House. I true healing can take place. It is important that am raising that fundamental rule because the in a country such as ours where diversity is Chamber will soon be empty. You are singing unified through respect of each other through the the same song from the last meeting that you are process of inclusiveness. This is a fact everyone singing again in this meeting. Who wants to will acknowledge. You do not have to put sing the same chorus every time? That is why I yourself in my people‟s shoes to know that they am raising that issue but of course it is subject to are right, and so I ask when you contribute on your ruling. I am raising that particular concern this motion, talk as if you are talking to them as in relation to Order 36(3) so that we bring back a representative of your people. Parliament‟s rule to this House. Thank you, Mr Speaker, I beg to move. Mr Speaker: Thank you Minister of Finance. (applause) As I said we allow the Member for West New Georgia/Vona Vona to continue his presentation (The motion is now open for debate) and any Member of Parliament or the Government wants to speak on the motion can Mr HUNIEHU: Mr Speaker, on behalf of the do so and clarify some of these points. people of my constituency of East Are Are I rise to speak in support of the motion before Mr Boyers: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for Parliament this morning. The intervention by allowing me to complete my motion under the Minister of Finance only goes to say that, parliamentary privilege to talk. „when a stone hits a dog it barks,‟ and I hope Mr As I was saying, Mr Speaker, even the Speaker, that, that is not the meaning of the Foreign Affairs Minister passionately agrees interventions this morning. But I also think that with me but it is funny the PNG High as one of the leaders in the Western Province, he Commission was not expelled for this much himself should be serious about this motion. more serious breach of sovereignty in I see this motion as important in the international law, isn‟t it. One law for them, one sense that it addresses our relationship with our law for you and one law for us. That is not the neighbors such as Papua New Guinea and for way of justice and unity. Are we going to ignore that matter Vanuatu, Australia and New the voice of our people? People had their Zealand. We share common air and sea borders. sovereign laws of safety breached. All we are We share common values in customs, relations saying is that inside influences have the right to and therefore the maintenance of our abuse sovereign laws and the safety of the relationship for good practices of foreign people. It is being done in the past. Mr Speaker, conduct is crucial in maintaining this so why not do it again? relationship. This motion affects all of us. It reflects not just This is where I am coming from that the the Munda people, it reflects the right of every issues relating to the uplifting of our Attorney Solomon Islander that has the same right. The General to Solomon Islands, whilst it is bottom is protesting and it is being sent to the disgraceful as certain laws of the two countries top with no response. Now it means recognition have been violated in that exercise. Here, Mr at the top in the floor of Parliament. Are we Speaker, I do not know who to blame because going to ignore our people when they demand according to the secret diplomatic note written attention or we are just going to ridicule them? by our Prime Minister to his Papua New Guinea There has been no response from the counterpart, he asked him to do everything Government to my people who are demanding possible to uplift our Attorney General to accountability. This is the people‟s Parliament Solomon Islands. I really do not know what he and your decision today will start the healing or meant by that. sour the wound. For us as an independent nation, I hope the Government will appropriately design a wholeheartedly support the intention of the scheme to address this issue if this motion is to motion that our political independence, our be passed. territorial boundaries must be respected by our In as far as the number game is concern, neighbors. This is how wars are created. Wars we on this side of the House do not have the are created when a territorial integrity of another number. It is your side of the House that has the nation is violated or disrespect shown by another number but this motion is not about the number country. but it is about our genuineness to solve a It happens in the world, Mr Speaker. situation, a problem, an issue that was developed Just because we do not have military planes it between our two Melanesian countries, and it did not happen, and as a government and a must be this Parliament that resolves such issues parliament we must raise concerns on this issue amicably. I would like to see this Parliament because the mover of the motion clearly stated resolve those issues within the context of the how the Bougainville Crisis affected our motion that is before this House this morning. bilateral relationship with PNG. Compensations Many times when a Member of the were asked, people from Papua New Guinea Opposition moves a motion, the tendency of the intruded into our seas, into our country and the government is to oppose the motion. Sometimes people of the Western Province having the same the motions are genuine and they are moved in traditions and ways requested the Papua New the interest of the nation and in the interest of Guinea Government to pay compensation to the people we represent but just because we do them for the loss of lives and for the disrespect not have the number they are defeated. But the shown during those day. request was made, as the mover said, about 10 Mr Speaker, we do not want to continue months ago, and so it is enough time for with that kind of exercise. We do not want to someone to make the decision. There is enough continue with that kind of exercise in the future. time. That is good governance. Unfortunately, this particular issue was created That is all that I want to say about this by the government, it is the own making of the motion. I hope that my Prime Minister and his government. I concur with the mover of the Government will agree with the mover of the motion that many misleading statements in motion to seriously look into the contents of the relation to this particular issues were made by motion and make positive resolutions for the Ministers of the Crown and even the Prime people of Munda, and not only that but an Minister himself. I maintain that we must apology by the Prime Minister of Papua New respect the dignity of this parliament and what Guinea to Solomon Islands people will be the we said in this parliament must reflect nothing right course of action are to be taken on this but the truth. issue. Thank you, Mr Speaker. The motion is very precise underpinning the concerns of the people of Munda. But this is Hon NUAIASI: Mr Speaker, thank you for a national motion because Papua New Guinea giving me this opportunity to speak on this has broken our territorial laws, disregarded our important motion which the Member for West political independence and violated our laws in New Georgia/Vona Vona brought up in this terms of the United Nations Charter and it Parliament House. should have immediately issued a statement of Mr Speaker, I for one could not apology. If a statement of apology did not come understand why this motion has to be brought to pursuant to immediately after this incident Parliament. Sir, since we claim ourselves to be happened, I can only suspect that the Prime Melanesian, there are means and avenues which Minister must have permitted this operation, we can go through to come up with solutions. thus violating our own aviation and international Therefore, I could not see any logic for this laws. motion to be brought in this honorable House in Mr Speaker, this is a simple motion and order for us to debate. I would like to thank the Prime Minister for As I can see, Mr Speaker, this is an issue amending that motion to be more flexible and I where people are claiming compensation in relation to relevant custom laws, foreign laws Are was invaded like that what would you have and everything. I would like to call on the chiefs done? I was also born in West Are Are, my through the Provincial Government to come genealogy is connected to Are Are. I know that together and bring this issue to the National chiefs and people from West Are Are would Government just like what has happened during have done the same thing, they would have the Bougainville Crisis. protested if they are invaded like this. You Mr Speaker, since this motion has come better revised your views, the MP for West Are before this honorable House, I could not support Are on that score. this motion because this not the way to solve our Sir, it is already 10 months, exactly 10 problems or any compensation for that matter in months that this issue was brought up to the the Melanesian way. We all have the same Government by our people at Munda of West understanding, responsibility and relationship in New Georgia/Vona Vona. That is a long time the Pacific. Our cultural identity is very much given the timeframe for this issue to be important. As a man from West Are Are, I think addressed. I think because the government does that would be the best option for us to take on not consider or taken it on board and that is why this matter. By taking that option this matter can the Member representing the views of his people be resolved easily or understandably between has brought this motion to Parliament. ourselves rather than all of us talking about this He is not a foreign agent. He is an agent motion in this House. of the people of West New Georgia/Vona Vona, Papua New Guinea as we have already his people at Munda and that is why he is known is one of the Melanesian countries and bringing the views of his people on the floor of likewise its cultures and customs are similar to Parliament. Is he a foreign agent? No. ours in here. Sir, not at any time does Papua In my view, it is proper to bring this New Guinea say, „no‟ to us when we ask it for matter to this floor of parliament because it is anything on the process or when we ask it to here that we can resolve problems. This is a compensate us, if we are doing our part and customary motion because it involves customary come up with solutions. law allowed under our Constitution. With these few comments, I oppose this The MP for West Are Are and Minister motion. for Agriculture who has just left the chamber belongs to the block of chiefly system in the Mr HAOMAE: Mr Speaker, I stand on behalf southern region called Aruaraha. I belong to of the hereditary high chiefs of Small Malaita Talahahu on the chiefly island of Small Malaita. and the Small Malaita people to associate Some chiefs are self appointed. ourselves with this motion moved by the I read in the newspaper and I heard over honorable colleague MP for West New the SIBC that may be some people from Georgia/Vona Vona. As I promised the Minister Western Province telling the police to go and for Finance I will not repeat what I said during arrest the chiefs at Munda for making a demand that motion because that was substantively a to the government because it is demanding. This different motion. is not demanding. It is a submission to the Mr Speaker, this motion is asking the government to consider the invasion of their government to „consider‟, and I do not see territorial. This is invasion not only on the anything wrong with that word „consider.‟ This territory at Munda but the integrity, sovereignty is a national motion, and I stand here to speak on and the territorial integrity of Solomon Islands. it because the incident that happened in Munda This is in line with the customary practices we can also happen in Small Malaita. This world is adopted. becoming very, very small. This inc ident can There is already precedence for this. happen to any constituencies of anyone of us in The Prime Minister, you and I were on board the this Parliament, and that is why I speak on this MV HMM Tobruk when we delivered the motion on behalf of my chiefs and my people. compensation claims of the people of My colleague and wantok who has just Guadalcanal and Malaita. There were some sat down, the MP for West Are Are, if West Are exchanges done and a reconciliation process on things that happened during the ethnic tension. ports of call. Also the Attorney General came The Government paid compensation to people of from heaven when he landed at Munda with the Malaita when somebody wrote derogatory courtesy of the PNG Defence Force and the remarks at the market against the Malaitan Papua New Guinea Government. people. Precedence and groundwork that was in Therefore, on that note it can also the customary law is already there. This is not a happen in the Prime Minister‟s constituency. It demand to arrest the chiefs in Munda. It is in can also take place in the constituency of North line with the compensation in customary law East Guadalcanal. It can happen, because of its that is allowed by our national constitution. close proximity, in the constituency of Read Schedule 3 of the preamble to the Shortlands. It can happen in the constituency of constitution and you will see it in there. We West Are Are, (the Minister has gone out know the laws that were infringed during that because he knew he was saying something that time. We are aware of the laws that have been is not right) in the southern region custom. If he broken during that time. supports this motion, the Prime Minister will I find it very amusing on how we dismiss him, and that is why he has gone out and twisted the definition of invasion. When the that is why he wants to break the custom of the PNG Military plane landed without permission it southern region for purposes of him remaining is really invading into our sovereign territory. as a Minister and he wants to cut out the island But the government sadly was saying it is not an of Munda and let it float to the sea not knowing invasion. Some of us are saying it is real where it will land. invasion. If you are saying it is not invasion I do not want this illegal entry to happen then it means you are aware of that flight or in Small Malaita. Mr Speaker, no, no, not at all, silence means permission. very true, that is why I wholeheartedly support I am not privy to the top secret of the this motion. government but the unscheduled flight can be read in the body language and the wordings that Hon TOSIKA: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for it is permissive, as the MP for East Are Are has giving me this opportunity to talk on this said. motion. First, the learned Attorney General who The issue here, Mr Speaker, as I have is in the chamber now is a victim of a cooked said is in line with our customs and we have our strategy. If we could recall, his appointment precedence for that for the government to was made by Solomon Islands to be appointed consider. It is just to „consider.‟ What is so as the Attorney General of Solomon Islands. difficult about that? If the government cannot This victim traveled from India to Singapore and even consider this motion then I do not know then on his way to PNG his passport was and wonder whether the Government wants to confiscated. As the appointed Attorney General cut out the island of Munda in West New of Solomon Islands he was sheltered at the Georgia and let it float outside or does it still Solomon Islands High Commission at PNG, want Munda to remain a territorial integrity of which is a rightful thing for him to do since he this country. was appointed as Attorney General of Solomon This is a real happening that has Islands. Therefore, the only place he can seek happened to our people in that particular area, help is with our High Commissioner in PNG. and as I have already said it can happen to any The fact remains that PNG does not have any constituency in this country. It can happen to problem with this person. The problem is Small Malaita constituency, it can happen to between Solomon Islands and Australia. This Russell/Savo constituency because the motion sex scandal that we always talk about in the talks about illegal entry and invasion. Illegal media and so forth is something that the court in entry is quite different from invasion although Vanuatu has considered and has given its finality on this occasion they are the same because it is to it already. There are documents that show illegal entry and invasion at the same time. this. Illegal entry refers to stowaways and people (Please allow me time to talk. Although coming into the country without permit through you are a chief but allow me to talk). The PNG Government does not see any problem with this Mr TOZAKA: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for and the Court had ruled on this issue already in giving me the floor and this opportunity to PNG and has squashed it. contribute to this motion, which in the beginning I would like to say that on behalf of my people Mr Haomae: It is not about the court case but it of North Vella I support this motion. is about the demands of the people in Munda. Mr Speaker, I also would like to confirm to my colleague MP for Gizo/Kolombangara Hon Tosika: The fact remains that the problem that both of us should be driving and leading out is between us and Australia. The fact is that on this motion since both of us originate from only when he was appointed as the Attorney that part of the Western Province. We should General of Solomon Islands this case was again both be standing tall here defending the people raised which about nine years ago he has been in of Western Province, and in this respect the and out of Australia and nothing was done to people of Munda. him. That is the reason why this person was sent This motion has come to the corridors of here by plane to Munda. What really happens is this Chamber, Mr Speaker, because people from that PNG did not have any problem with this Munda, our people from Munda are people of person and therefore he told them to send this the affluent class, people who are educated, person to Solomon Islands so that it is Solomon people who are aware of their cultures, their Islands and Australia‟s business to deal with, tradition and people who know the government and not the business of PNG in this case. systems. They have been groomed in that way The fact here is that the Munda Airport and they are well aware of their rights. is not owned by traditional chiefs, it is not When they wrote the letter copied to all owned by traditional chiefs. It is an Members of Parliament including the international aerodrome declared by Customs, government they meant what they said. I also and since it is an international aerodrome it is received a copy of this letter and I know that where international flights can land. The people most of the people who signed the letter are were paid royalties for this airport, it is governed traditional leaders of Munda, and I respect what by aviation regulations. I do not see any reasons they said through this motion. why compensation should be paid on this flight Sir, what they are saying is that their with due respect to my colleague MP for West territory has been invaded. It is their place, they New Georgina/Vona Vona. are protecting their territory, they are protecting In my view, we need to carefully look their land, their air space and their heritage. It is into this issue and consider other associated their territory. matters in relation to this issue. In my view, this The question is also posed here that if it claim of compensation is too big because happens to your constituency what would be according to our traditional ways of resolving your reaction or how would you feel. They conflicts, and if you are a chief of South Malaita, think you would feel the same as them. If it compensation is something where two parties happens to North Vella I will be standing tall come together and make peace between here and also reacting in the way that my themselves, and it is not something to burden colleague MP for West New Georgia/Vona another party. It is not something to burden Vona is reacting. another party. If you say compensation must be Mr Speaker, when the people of Munda that amount then it means you are not a chief. checked all the necessary checks about this Mr Speaker, I think Munda airport is an plane coming to their land, and find out from all international aerodrome declared by the the signals and all the replies that this flight did Customs Act and I think this compensation in not come through the government system, they respect to traditional chiefs in this case is an immediately reacted. They reacted because their irrelevant point to consider. Thank you, Mr understanding is that this airstrip belongs to their Speaker. government. It belongs to the Solomon Islands Government, and the Government is supposed to be defending our sovereignty. Why talk about sovereignty all the time government, and this is offending the people of and yet we are not defending our country? We Munda. That is the point I want to make here. are supposed to be standing tall protecting our Sir, you know the government system if country. If this plane happens to go to other the government does not have what is being airstrips, Mr Speaker, as we know proposed to it. It does not mean that the internationally, you can just guess what would government must meet what people want but we happen to such a plane. Some of them are must respond to them. At least a letter of thank grounded and peoples lost their lives. Now that you saying the letter is received or it happens in our country, what are we doing? acknowledging the letter and something is being We welcome them for landing there. We are done on it. If I hear that the other side of the giving them a rose garden. House is doing that then I have reason to say What would be the signal of this to that something is being done. But if there is no people overseas looking into our country? What letter of acknowledgement to this letter by the would they think of us? The Solomon Islands chiefs of Munda, then it is in the government‟s Government and people are just like that. Other court and this matter is not going to end but it is people can just come in treating us like that even going to continue, and they are pressing it on. though they have their government, they have Sir, when we are talking about our chiefs, our their laws and legislation and their system, but elders and our system that we are now that is how these people are. That would be addressing, it has to start and it must be led by their reaction. They will say, we can do the government to respect our structure. These whatever we want to do with these people people come from a class of people in the because they are good people, their island is stratification of our community in our country. paradise. That is what they are saying. Do you They are very proud of their class, they are very think what they are saying is true? No, Mr proud of their customs, and when there is no Speaker, that is not what I mean. It means acknowledgement and response made to them, others can come and enjoy themselves in our that is why it came here. country because we cannot protect ourselves. Sir, this motion is a straightforward We are very complacent about this. That is a motion. It is only asking the government to very bad precedence we have set in our country. „consider‟. Now I am not going to delve into what has happened which leads to this motion, Hon Lilo: You signed the agreement after we as that is a matter the Government has stated that passed the facilitation. it is dealing with it. I am satisfied that it is being dealt with according to the process of the law. Hon Tozaka: Thank you Member for Sir, I would like to urge the government Gizo/Kolombangara for your comment on that not to put this issue aside hoping that it will take but your term will come when you can talk. control of itself naturally. No, Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, one thing that surprises me, There are instances of this where we put things, and the Honorable Prime Minister whom I soft things under the mat, under the carpet, so to respect very much will inform the House the speak hoping they will take care of themselves House it if it is true that it is about 10 months naturally but eventually they erupt becoming now since the people of Munda have written a very difficult for us to resolve. When things do letter to the government. If it is true then the not yet happen, could we address this issue? Government has all the right to say no to their People are talking, people are bringing their compensation. I am sure they might not be concerns to the government, let us address and asking for $10million but they are entitled to resolve it amicably with the people on this receive some sort of acknowledgement through particular issue, which happens to come from letter or memorandum or may be discussions Munda in the Western Province. So that if the perhaps in addressing this problem. It is about same thing happens to another province, we will 10 months now. If that has not happened, Mr stand up and support that particular province on Speaker, then I am very surprised with this its demand because it is their right according to our structure, according to our system, according to our law and how we live harmoniously in this are members of a sub regional grouping which is country, Solomon Islands where we have the MSG where our relationship is very much different cultures, different traditions, different close, so much so that anything that happens to religions, different ways of looking at things but another also affects the other. Matters of we are one people and one country. international law that we sometimes are trying to And as much as we would like to be make an issue out of, we ourselves too have where you are on the other side of the House, we waived it in the context of the border cannot be because somebody has to be the arrangement we have on the movement of captain of the boat and the captain of the boat is people and so forth. We have waived some of the one who must make sure issues are those requirements. addressed amicably so that the boat can continue If you look at the border agreement we to travel and achieve what it wants to achieve have with the western part of this country we With these few words, Mr Speaker, I have actually allowed citizens of Papua New support the motion. Guinea to as far as Choiseul, Shortlands right up to almost two miles from Vella La Vella. Hon LILO: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for People of Papua New Guinea citizens are allowing me to contribute to this motion moved allowed to travel around those areas. by the MP for West New Georgia/Vona Vona. What I am saying here is that the strict Mr Speaker, that constituency is my principles and rules we are talking about in neighboring constituency of Gizo/Kolombangara terms of the international law that applies to Constituency and it is only appropriate that I other countries and our border relations with should also speak on this motion because the other countries, we ourselves too have waived territory and the air space we are talking may them by allowing our citizens to move around. have been claimed to have been violated, and as We allowed problems to happen in our country a result this motion comes in is also the airspace so that we can sort it out in the same way we of Gizo/Kolombangara. Because of that I feel I have weighed some of those requirements. should say something on this motion. If you look at the problem that happened Mr Speaker, when I listened to the on the 10th October 2006, that is exactly how the Member moving the motion it was the same Government has been trying to deal with this speech he read when contributing to the motion problem. In fact it is not a problem that was that was moved by the Leader of Opposition and created by us. Let us get right down to the root was defeated in the last meeting seeking the of that problem as to why the 10th of October government to allow the PNG Defense Force happened. Inquiry to enter the Solomon Islands Territory to You know and as the Minister of Police carry out its inquiry here in Solomon Islands. has said, the Attorney General of Solomon Mr Speaker, the issues we are talking Islands was duly appointed under the laws of about are issues the Government has been Solomon Islands. Now when you talk about addressing all along. We all have the right to respecting a sovereign decision why do people bring the views of our people into this House. on the other side not respect that particular But I think what we bring into this House decision of the appointment of the Attorney matters. If we bring in something good, we also General of Solomon Islands under the expect something good to go out. If we bring in Constitution of this country at that time which rubbish things then we expect rubbish too to go some forces have hijacked in Port Moresby? out. That is what it is like. That is what we are And in fact rumors have it that two members of really concern about in here. That is why I said the Opposition, a week before that particular and I come back to the point raise by the MP for Friday were in Port Moresby helping people out West Are Are that there are ways and process to there to design this particular case to arrest the address the issues the MP for West New Georgia Attorney General. Whoever they are you are has. The process is there. part of the problem, you are creating that Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands problem. are Melanesian countries. These two countries You know that you are a Member of associated to it. For instance, some of the 666 Parliament of Solomon Islands, you know that questions will have to be answered. Those you should respect the sovereign decision of a questions must be answered too. We need to legitimate government elected by the people of find out those people who went scheming up this this country and yet you go scheming up with case in Port Moresby. We need to find out forces outside to hijack that sovereign decision. because rumors have come out very clear and Rumors have it, and I said rumors. we need to find out. I will continue to say it is rumors because if we had waited and this motion Mr Huniehu: Point of order Mr Speaker. is withdrawn we will find whether or not there is According to Standing Orders the Minister must truth in that rumor that is going on. substantiate who in the Opposition is he Mr Speaker, what I am saying here is referring to. that the Government is still putting in place the actions needed in addressing this issue and at the Hon Lilo: Yes, Mr Speaker, I said rumors so I same time when we talk about the issue of need not substantiate that. That is rumors in sovereignty whether or not rights of our people passing. I am making the statement in passing. in certain parts of our country have been I am making that statement in passing. Later on violated, in the same token too we should be things will evolve and then some of these issues consistent in the way we respect sovereign will be revealed. But what I am saying is that decisions. the process is still going on right now and yet we Mr Speaker, I see this motion as too are trying to push motions like this to interfere early, in fact there is no need for it because we with the process that is going on. should allow the process that is going on right We talk about 10 months delay or 10 now to really get down to the very root of why months but nothing has happened, but do you we got ourselves into this kind of mess that we know that the first compensation we received are in this time. But in terms of whether or not it happened 10 years after the Bougainville Crisis. is necessary for the incident that has happened Can you see the process of Melanesia here? on the 10th October 2006 to happen, as I have That is the process of Melanesia. We have to go said there are certain fundamental aspects of through the process of talking to people, making international law that exist in a country like ours sure everybody understands the context as to and our neighboring country of Papua New how the problem arises and what would be the Guinea that we have actually waived to allow solution we have to work towards and so forth. for the free movement of people. This process is still going on and that is why we I am not saying that that is exactly what on this side are saying that this motion is not we are doing but the point is that when the really necessary because the process is there. Attorney General who was duly appointed under The process is still going on both in terms of the the Constitution of Solomon Islands arrived in law and in terms of the Melanesian context. Papua New Guinea, and we know that PNG These two go together. Very shortly they will finds that there is no case against him in PNG come together. At the moment they are going in and therefore what has PNG got to do with him. parallel and so we need to bridge them somehow The country that duly appointed him before we can come to a common ground. under its Constitution is Solomon Islands and so Mr Speaker, what I am saying here is he has to come to Solomon Islands. He cannot that we should allow that process to continue. stay in PNG because what is he going to do in We feel that the way the government is dealing PNG? He must come here because we are the with this matter is acting very responsibly and ones who want him to come. The Government very sensibly to this particular problem. But at of Solomon Islands elected by the people to the same time we are conscious of the fact that oversee the management of the affairs of its there are many factors right behind that needs to people appointed him and that is why he must be brought as well. come and that is why he is here today with us. You cannot just quickly run to a solution Now will you not respect that sovereign with this problem. There are many things decision? Of course, you must respect that Minister of Finance and the Minister of Lands decision. should support this motion and address the cries Mr Speaker, I do not want to talk very of the people at Munda. long on this issue but I will be brief and my brief Mr Speaker, this is my brief contribution differs from the brief of the MP for Small just to say that I support this motion. Malaita. The points that I am raising I think really point to the fact that this motion at this Hon WAIPORA: Mr Speaker, I am going to be stage is not really necessary. We should just very brief. push it aside to allow the process of government Mr Speaker, as a minister of principle that is taking place right now so that we find out and as a man of principle I will say this. The and understand the issues surrounding what has Western Provincial Premier, his Deputy and his happened to us, what has caught us all into this officials have already visited my office four situation that we still at this time could not get times. During these visits they came with their our minds out of it, well at least the minds of budget and other different issues. I do not know you on that side, because we on this side are why this issue was never brought to my clear in our minds on that particular issue but attention. I find it hard supporting this motion that is what I thought should happen. because I do not want anything that happens in I would like to say that this motion is the provinces to bypass the Provincial not really necessary and therefore I do not Government Authorities. Provincial support it. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Government authorities are established legal systems in our country. Mr MANETOALI: Thank you, Mr Speaker, The process starts with the national for this opportunity for me to briefly contribute government to the provincial government to this motion. authorities. Therefore, any problems must also Mr Speaker, I would also like to thank go through provincial authorities to help out the mover of the motion. This motion is simply before it comes to me and when it comes to me a demand from the people of Munda in the together we will go and see the Prime Minister constituency of the Honorable MP moving this or whoever is responsible so that the problem motion. Their complaint and demand is about has some weight on it before it is put to the the landing of the fighter plane from Papua New government. Guinea in Munda. And on behalf of my people I heard about this complaint through the of Gao/Bugotu Constituency, I support this print media, the radio and may be the Solomon motion because it is the cry of our people at the Star but I do not know anything about it. When grassroots level. It is the cry of the grassroots the Premier and his Deputy and officials came to people in Munda because a fighter plane landed visit my office but did not raise the matter with in their area at a time they were asleep causing me I said to myself that I will just wait for them. fear to them. But as it is now may be it is to do with Mr Speaker, that plane brought in the learned some political things down there and that is why Attorney General, which by profession he is my I find it hard to support this motion unless my brother and friend. I call the Attorney General a honorable Premier who is answerable to me learned friend who was transported by this from the Western Province comes and tells me plane. Sad to say that on his way to come and about it before I can support this motion. take up his appointment here in Solomon At one stage, Mr Speaker, a long time Islands, something happened to him and that is ago a former Member for Savo/Russells, not the why that plane brought him. But that is beside current one but brought a motion to Parliament the point. My point is on the landing of this asking for a certain road to be built and when it plane at the airfield in Munda. is going to be built. The Chairman of the Mr Speaker, the Government should just Governing Council at that time stood up and told address this motion. I think Members from the him that the government is not aware of that Western Province who are in the government road he is talking about. He said he was not side like the Prime Minister himself, the ware because his council did not inform him and remove that word but he still insists that it be so there is no government plan for the road. included. And so by inclusion of those words I am referring to this example because has made this motion to be much more during that time the Chairman referred to the complicated because that is a legal question Council supporting the member so that together established in law that that demand is bona fide. they come to the Council for approval. I am just As well as that, Mr Speaker, the way the talking about the way or procedure as the new motion is worded is still formulated in the Minister responsible for Provincial Government way of a question. You need to prescribe that that is the system I am going to follow. If exactly what you need the government to do. that issue is a true issue but unless I heard it That is why I raised the point earlier on under from any delegation of the Honorable Premier of Standing Order 28 because what this motion the Western Province who always comes to see really boils down to is asking the government to me, I will not support t his motion. I think it is pay compensation. I think that is a question about four times now that they made rightfully for the Cabinet of Solomon Islands to appointment to see me. But during those decide upon because there is no budgetary appointments they just talked about their plans allocation for it. in regards to the tsunami, they talked about the Just imagine if this motion goes through budget and its supplementary budget and other they will not stop there like what the honorable shortcomings of the Western Province in regards Mover is trying to tell us that they only want the to staffing and things like that. But I do not Government to consider it. know why they did not bring up this Munda Mr Speaker, if this motion is passed issue with me. I think they want to go directly through this house, I tell you the whole tribe to the Prime Minister on this issue. So now I down there will come up saying that Parliament want to advise the Prime Minister that has approved the motion and so it has to pay sometimes you do not have to open your doors them. That is why I was insistent that before to the Premiers so that they do not bypass me. I this motion is to be legally tabled, should sort out things properly with them before constitutionally tabled before this house it must they come to you. go through the Cabinet first. The Cabinet must approve it under section 60 of the constitution (laughter) because it involves the government appropriating money to meet that demand if this I do not know anything about this issue because motion goes through this house. they went directly to the Prime Minister with it. I guess you can already know , Mr They bypassed me. But the legal system of this Speaker, the constitutional problem, procedural country is through the Provincial Government problem and the legal problem this side of the Minister? He is the one directly responsible for house has to allow this motion to go through. the provinces. I will not support this motion As voiced out by those who have already because I do not know anything about this spoken, we have to oppose it. That does not demand. show we are not aware of the problem that our With those few remarks, Mr Speaker, people in Munda were alleged to have. thank you very much and I oppose the motion. As the Member for Gao/Bugotu said, it is the landing of the plane that the people down Hon SOGAVARE: Mr Speaker, as the leader there are complaining about because it disturbed of this side of the House I will talk very briefly them in the night as the honorable mover has on this motion. said. But when big RAMSI planes landed there This motion has gone through some at night they did not complain about it. amendments but I think some of the fundamental Sir, we have some serious problems here issues that we are concerned about are still there, in allowing this motion to go through. There is Mr Speaker, for instance the use of the words also a lot of talk being said in here. We come in “bona fide demands”. I understand there was Parliament and use a lot of big language or big insistent request to the honorable Member to words like our people, my people and so on. I think one point raised by the Member We saw it in the Island Sun – “PM‟s secret for North Vella is closest to something I can letter.” The secret letter is what they have been sympathize with, and that is his request asking reading in Parliament. I am very surprised that us to acknowledge the letter. To be honest, Mr people can go that low in their thinking capacity Speaker, we only heard those requests in the and making a total fool of themselves by coming media saying that the people are demanding the and reading those letters in Parliament and government for compensation. publishing it in the newspapers. The so-called Sir, a point that also needs to be made secret letter referred to in the newspaper is here as well is that the people from Munda normal communication between Prime Ministers themselves, people around there need to be one. of two independent states. We do not have Their voice must be one. There are people anything. I was surprised that it came out actually coming to us saying that this demand is actually. It is communication between two not right. So I do not know which people the Prime Ministers - the Prime Minister of Member is actually representing here because Solomon Islands and the Prime Minister of there are differences in the views and opinions Papua New Guinea. What is wrong with that? of the people themselves in Munda saying that What is wrong with it so that we come and read we throw this motion away as it is not right. it here and say this is the Prime Minister‟s secret In fact I just received a note this letter, as if the world will fall down? morning advising me that it is not supported by I can imagine, Mr Speaker, the the people of Munda. Somebody saw this excitement of the people who found this letter. motion tabled, a senior representative from They must have said, „now we got them by the Munda and just put a note to me saying that the shot and curly‟. I am amused Mr Speaker. I am motion by the honorable Member is not amused. The people will be making a supported by the people of Munda. He said that fundamental error in law if they conclude that the honorable is only playing politics or that letter is requesting the Papua New Prime campaigning to come back next time. Munda Minister to arrange the repatriation of Julian people have agreed to pursue the matter direct to Moti through clandestine flight to Munda. the government and not through politics. That, Mr Speaker, would be reading I guess we are caught up in a situation what is not in that letter. You read it! This is a that we claim this matter comes from our people, law abiding government, Mr Speaker. Every and we use terms like that in Parliament when decision that we take so far is in accordance with the people themselves are not united on this. the law of this country. We have won case after We need to be clear in here as to which people case. How are we going to ask Papua New are asking the honorable Member to table this Guinea to break our own laws? motion in Parliament today and demand the Sir, considering the fact that the government to consider it. Attorney General of Solomon Islands was Everything we say in here, Mr Speaker, illegally arrested, illegally detained and illegally boils down to who takes the responsibility. If dealt with by certain Papua New Guinea police we seriously ask this question, Mr Speaker, we officers who are working with the Federal Agent are actually barking at the wrong tree. We are of Australia. That is actually what happened wasting our time here in Parliament by putting there. Everything they did to the Attorney these things to the government. If you are so General of Solomon Islands in Papua New concerned about this illegal entry or the so Guinea was illegal and not right according to called illegal entry of the plane and something law. Is that what you want them to do, to break like that then we are actually barking at the the laws? wrong tree. Mr Speaker, just because we are lost in I know that the honorable mover has the agendas of somebody else we make a total been campaigning in the media on this issue fool of ourselves. And for that reason, Mr leading to the vote of no confidence. In fact he Speaker, Solomon Islands has a genuine was really ready that if that motion was tabled concern. He is an officer of the crown and in that is the issue he would have come out with. fact under laws of Australia itself he is a protected person. They broke their own laws by As much as I sympathize with our down arresting him illegally in Papua New Guinea. I people there, Mr Speaker, this issue really will not rest on this issue, Mr Speaker, I will should be addressed in some other ways. The take it to the International Court of Justice. I first point as I said, we need to establish that will take Australian to court. somebody needs to take responsibility before he is hammered. And now you are assuming that Mr Gukuna (interjecting): Yes, go to court and the Solomon Islands Government must take that do not talk touch much about legal matters. responsibility. That is not right. That must fall. That argument must fall. Hon Sogavare: The Solomon Islands I will find the letter and respond, Mr Government has genuine concern about the Speaker, as requested by the Member for North safety of a public officer, Mr Speaker, an officer Vella. But I would like the people of Munda to of the crown and is perfectly entitled to request be united on this issue. What is their real him under diplomatic note for the protection of thinking? They are not one on this issue. A lot that officer. That is no. And I expect them to of them are basically against the idea of asking take him on a normal commercial flight and land compensation. him there at Henderson. It is not in our interest In fact we also have compensation to ask Papua New Guinea to break its own laws claims against Papua New Guinea too, if we are or our own laws. to pursue this thing, for violating the sovereign You see this is what they are trying to rights of an officer of the crown, how they dealt drag at. They are saying that the two Prime with him there. We left those things behind Ministers have been talking and so they arranged because we will deal with them in an appropriate for that plane to land there. This talk leads up to way and at the right time. this landing. You are reading too much into this Mr Speaker, to say that we are not doing thing. That is our problem in this house. For anything on this, in fact the Minister for Foreign you to say that we arranged for this plane by Affairs has actually sent a protest note to Papua saying that a political appointee and a lawyer New Guinea to tell them that we are not happy went there and arranged for this flight, is reading with the landing of this military plane. We did too much into this too and it will not stand in make that protest through the diplomatic any court of law. channel. Mr Speaker, that is not right. The Sir, the constitution really protects the problem with some of us is that we jump into rights of people of this country, and we do not conclusion very quickly. need to go very far. We are Members of Parliament and we know that our rights are Mr Huniehu: Point of order Mr Speaker. covered under the constitution. When I made reference to that letter this Mr Speaker, the most appropriate thing morning, I did not say that the Prime Minister is for the honorable mover of this motion to do is asking his Papua New Guinea counterpart to for him to seek proper legal advice to take break his own laws. That statement was not in appropriate legal action under section 18 of our the so called secret letter. What I was only constitution. Section 18 entitles people who saying is perhaps this reference to the Prime claim their constitutional rights have been Minister of Papua New Guinea to provide all violated to identify those rights, they need to be possible assistance to the two gentlemen who cleared and you seek redress through the high went to Papua New Guinea may be. That is court. Section 17 of our constitution provides what I was referring to. this answer to the honorable Member‟s plea on behalf of his people. If compensation is what Hon Sogavare : Thank you, Mr Speaker, that is they claim and it is genuine as bona fide as a very hopeless interjection. That is not right. outlined in this motion then they are entitled to “May be” is assumptions. You talk about facts seek compensation, and not ransom under in this house. That is not right. section 17 from the person or authority that contravenes that right. That is why in the beginning I said we court we would have resolved all these really need to establish who is responsible here outstanding issues with Australia. I ask him to before we bark in this house. We are shouting at be a man enough to go ahead and take Australia each other totally unnecessary in here. I would to court so that all these things can be resolved. be the first one to come if the government is He disallowed the PNG Inquiry from coming really doing these things. We do not need to which led to the incompletion of the PNG report argue here because the government takes full because it only deals with PNG. They put a responsibility. But on this issue, the government request to come to this country to deal with the does not have anything to do at all with the issue but the Government did not allow it. landing of the plane there. It boils down to that Therefore, I cannot understand why he said it is and there are of course proper venues here that a legal issue and so people of Munda have been can be looked at. denied a legal avenue. If that is the case then Just for interest sake, Mr Speaker, if allow the people of Munda to have access to the compensation is what we are really concerned legality of the whole argument. He must take about here is, we are yet to debate a motion that everything to court. Take it to court and there is premised, I guess on the same concerns that we will settle everything. We will accept the the Opposition speakers have come up with outcome of the court and we will say Australia is demanding compensation from all the wrong or PNG is wrong or Solomon Islands is governments that invaded our country over land, wrong. Since he promised to go to court he over seas, over gardens and over our lives when must go to court. they brought in their fighter jets, planes, ships, As I said all the points have been raised ammunitions, mines, tanks and soldiers to fight and so that is what I would like to raise and I in the Second World War. I think it will be best have to support this motion on behalf of the to move such a motion one time and actually people of Munda. I am sure the note that comes debate it and demand those countries that came to you is also from a political rival or whatever, violating our territories to pay us compensation. but I think the essence of this motion is asking That is one point I want to raise here. us to consider a request that has been put to us, Sir, what I want to say is that this side of and there is no hurt if we consider it. We cannot the House finds it very difficult to support this deny there were some military personnel in motion or otherwise sympathize with the Munda. The thing has happened and if you just concerns raised by our people. We will look for ignore it we might as well forget the bona fide that letter and we will appropriately respond to demands of North West Choiseul because it is a it, if that is what is requested by the Member for very long standing issue, and I think you take it North Vella. to court too if you are going to be consistent in With that contribution, Mr Speaker, I your stand. am sorry to say that this side of the House will That is my contribution and I look not support this motion. We will vote no against forward to the Prime Minister taking this issue it with due respect. to court so that we can settle this issue once and for all. Mr GUKUNA: Mr Speaker, my contribution will be very short. With all the points that have Hon Sogavare: Mr Speaker, this issue is for the been raised, I am just surprised that the Prime people of Munda to take to court. We will take Minister stood up and talked too much about the Australia to court over other issues. legality of this issue or whatever when he knows very well that he was the one who stopped the Mr Gukuna: Sorry, I thought I heard him inquiry from Papua New Guinea from coming to saying he will take them to court. this country. That inquiry would have given us some legal insight into this whole issue. Mr Boyers: Mr Speaker, I would like to thank I am glad to hear him saying that he will all the speakers, including the Prime Minister for take Australia to court because that is what he their contribution. I would also like to thank should have done. Had he taken Australia to those who have not contributed as a signal of to protect the sovereignty of this country as the whether they vote for it or they do not. Foreign Affairs Minister mentioned in his Mr Speaker, I have taken on the statement. We failed to see anything. mammoth task of being the David facing the I feel very awkward, Mr Speaker Goliath. But as a man of principle , without fear presenting this motion on this floor but it is not and favor I take it as a privilege. Who in this my decision. The Prime Minister said that the House who has not paid compensation casts the people of Munda are not united. I disagree first stone? It is part and parcel of tradition. I 100%. Those who received copies would know actually paid compensation last week to assist that this is an initiation from the people one of my constituents, not all of it but part of it themselves. I feel difficult and I said in my because I respect that there are different ways of covering letter to the Prime Minister. expressing and fixing problems. This motion is If some people are talking like that then both representation of law and custom and I know too that some people in the community whether they are parallel or they are united that would like to be main man. If there is anyone is the truth. saying that then he needs to come out clear and The MP for West Are Are said this is tell us who he is so that the people who signed not the right place for this motion as there are the petition know who he is. other avenues. Mr Speaker, those other avenues You are saying it is political. I know have expired. Silence was my answer. If that rivals in the last election are really sour. I anyone had listened carefully when this issue am not worried if I win or lose in the next was brought up, the late MP for Munda election. What I am worried about is that I mentioned on the radio that I was mandated to represent my people. I said I am my people be spokesperson to represent this issue. because it is the people who elected me to The Minister for Provincial Government Parliament. My children are their blood. said that the Western Provincial Government did Mr Speaker, the Minister of Police not mention this issue to him. The conduit of mentioned when he contributed to this motion responsibility that I was given and mandated to the legality of the AG. I am not talking about do was to the two Prime Ministers. One was that. If there is a court case, leave it to the through the Prime Minister‟s Office and one courts. If there is confusion then leave it through the PNG High Commission. After because I cannot deal with that. I am dealing communications failed between the Prime with my people‟s demands. They are not saying Minister‟s Office and the Ministry of Provincial the AG must go and face the law or he must do Government, it is clear indication that this this or that. No. We are just talking about a further silenced. PNG plane that came and landed in our area. There was talk about compensation and Mr Speaker, I must remind this House customs not to come into this issue. I would like that this airfield is a gift to the Government in to know that during the Bougainville Crisis, the 1950s. Can anyone tell me where in the when our late Prime Minister, Solomon country has anyone gifted land? It was gifted Mamaloni defended this country and its for the betterment and greater good of their sovereignty with passion when there were people and this nation. And for this kind of demands, and this has been a controversy up action to happen back to them on something that until today as I have mentioned when moving is a gift is an insult. It is an insult. Do you think this motion that it has been paid through an aid the people there should not be feeling anything? package. That is what we expect. I know I was The next minute there is a threat sent to them Minister of Finance before and I know the that if you do that we will take you to court. dealing. I understand it. Since what time in our history is such a thing This is not a matter of asking the like that? You are threatening people who also Government to pay $10million. If the have their right. These people are educated Government considers that it cannot then that is people and they respect their tradition. They fine. But please represent the issue on the respect other people, and they do not want to be international front reflecting the desire of leaders abused or feel as though they have been abused. This is just consideration whether you support it protest note against the illegal entry, intrusion or not. It shows the strength and weakness on and invasion of the territorial boundaries and how well we listen to our people. the airspace of Solomon Islands by members of Mr Speaker, the Member for Gizo the PNG Defense Force. There has been an Kolombangara was playing his cards very obvious breach, invasion and intrusion of a carefully. He is my colleague in the next sovereign nation’s territorial boundaries and constituency and I respect his contribution but the airspace as was in this case. One would throwing it into a position of rumors saying that expect a diplomatic protest in this strongest term two Members of the Opposition went over there possible against an invasion and intrusion.” and so on. What is that? Is it KGB or CIA? In this case there is no evidence of such In fact he was referring to me, Mr a diplomatic protest. Forget about the claim Speaker. I was coming back from a meeting in from Munda. It has been thrown away. Just Bangkok with the Foreign Affairs and Finance deal and protect this nation‟s sovereignty and Ministers of Nauru on the basis of regionalizing my people‟s sovereignty. That is all we are our airline and then giving us an airline, a plane asking. Do not worry about going to Cabinet for with out covers on sharing basis. I have not seen approval to take funds from the consolidated that man before. I do not know him. It was only fund. Just leave it as it is. Just deal with the after I arrived in Honiara when I heard it. What PNG process. It is up to you. This is what the kind of conspiracy theory is this? motion is saying. Just tell us. But to reject it on Just look at Solomon Airlines today. the floor of Parliament is a sign of weakness. They did not want to listen and so today it is As far as I am concern, Mr Speaker, my bankrupt. But anyway, I was doing my job. people‟s safety is more important than a Mr Speaker, the Finance Minister was foreigner Attorney General sitting in this referring to the free flow of people from PNG to Parliament. If the Prime Minister thinks that this Solomon Islands is open. What he was referring foreigner AG is more important than the to is the special areas agreement, which reflects indigenous people… the traditional identity and customs of the people that share a common border that this government Hon Sogavare: Point of order, Mr Speaker. recognizes, embraces it and protects it. That comment is very discriminatory. The It is true that the border is there and they Attorney General is duly appointed under the have the right to move around. But it is not an constitution and laws of Solomon Islands. If open movement. Only special people with Members of this House jump into all sorts of traditional rights according to customs have free conclusions when I use this using this word movement. Do not misinform this Parliament? foreigner in this House and breed something into Stop saying that the people‟s traditional that, and not reference to people who are legally movement is similar to a military plane. engaged under the laws of Solomon Islands. Everyone inside that plane have no traditional I was referring to the influence of people rights according to the special areas agreement who have no right and, not even appointed and unless they are from South Bougainville, recognized under the laws of Solomon Islands to Choiseul and some other places under the give advice or influence this country on the special areas agreement. The Foreign Affairs decisions it takes. The Attorney General is duly Minister knows this well. In fact the Finance appointed under the Constitution of Solomon Minister knows this because he took up the job Islands. as Chairman of the Border Agreement. He is misinforming Parliament. This flight was not Mr Boyers: Mr Speaker, I am not disputing the covered under any treaties, and so it is a breach. appointment. I am just comparing the position Mr Speaker, I would like to quote a of a foreigner and a Solomon Islander. I am passage that is now a public inquiry report with responding to what the Prime Minister said your indulgence and I quote. It says, “There is about looking after the safety of our people. I no evidence before this Board that the am talking about my people‟s safety. He could Government of Solomon Islands had sent a not come on a commercial flight and therefore he has to come through the back door, and there the efficient and effective services rendered in was a failure to act. That is what I am talking ensuring the smooth running of the affairs of about – the failure to act. Parliament during this current session. Mr Speaker, it also says in the preamble I also wish to commend my colleague of our constitution and highlights the proud Ministers in particular for the tabling of a wisdom and worthy customs of our ancestors. number of bills in Parliament for enactment. I Although there are only three of us in this wish to congratulate those on the other side of Parliament who do not have ancestry here, there the house for taking their time and effort in is only one in this House that would not be justifying whether wrongly or rightly their worthy to comment on that. But if you would attempts to disapprove what this side of the like to know further the worthy customs of my house considers as consistent with the laws of children‟s ancestors, you can come to Munda this land. All in all, Mr Speaker, it is one of the and experience the traditional custom ceremony best sessions ever so far, when heated arguments of Roviana. were made with everyone wanted to be lawyers Mr Speaker, as a colleague of everyone but at the end of the day there is always in this House, I am doing my job. There are no compromise that the majority rules and the hard feelings. I am just trying to speak the truth matter is dispensed with within the name of as I see it to represent the people. That is how I democracy that makes life more interesting and feel it and I have been told. I am sure everyone worthwhile. understands it. Fellow Solomon Islanders please lend If the Government does not support the me your ears. I am standing here not to praise motion, there is nothing I can do about it. One Caesar but to bury him. Mr Speaker, it is of thing I have done is represent my people of what great concern to note that certain factions of our I believe is the sovereignty of this country. society are more interested in the affairs of Whatever else beyond that, so be it. But no one others rather than issues that are more pertinent can say in this nation or in this Parliament that I to the well being of Solomon Islands and its have not done best for my people who mandated people. me to speak today. Mr Speaker, this has become more The government that does not listen or permanently featured in media coverage or even protects its people is a sad day for Solomon on this floor of Parliament by individuals or Islands. I wish the Prime Minister and the interested groups who profess to be representing Government well in serving their country as I the least privileged - the lame, the blind, the am trying to serve mine now. weak, the oppressed of Solomon Islands have With those few words, Mr Speaker, I been soliciting financial assistance purposely to beg to move. advance others interests rather than promoting the most needy services to improve the quality The noes have it. of life of Solomon Islands community and society. The motion was defeated. Mr Speaker, it saddens me most to note that those who advocate to be the mouthpiece in Sitting suspended for lunch break protecting the affairs of Solomon Islands people have opted to do the opposite. Mr Speaker, (Parliament resumes at 2 pm) those people concerned, in my view, should not reside in Solomon Islands but rather be (Debate on the sine die motion continues) repatriated to the country of their interest in order to use the more advanced platform in Hon KAUA Mr Speaker, I wish to thank you advocating and advancing those interests. for giving me the floor to contribute to this Mr Speaker, it would be of paramount motion of sine die. importance that we put our priorities right and Mr Speaker, in so doing may I first of have more time and energy to focus and put all applaud you and your hard working staff for right what is good for our people and country and not to be bogged down with what I consider those practices in place, we will continue to face as trivial, irrelevant and not in the best of our those challenges. interest. Mr Speaker, I wish to express my Mr Speaker, we need to change our profound appreciation to the government for the attitudes and ways of doing things and think like wisdom in seeing fit that after a well deserved Solomon Islanders and avoid the usual mindset exchange of views by both sides of the house, of continuing to maintain the status quo. We we have arrived at a compromising resolution in must not draw into someone else‟s affairs and be adopting a new mechanism after 29 years of used as their puppet. If the current status quo is independence as a way forward in rectifying not in the best interest of Solomon Islands then those anomalies we have lived with for 29 years. why do we have to entertain it? I say why? Mr Speaker, I wish to applaud each and every Mr Speaker, if we are not prepared to do one from both sides of the house that this is a that then I am afraid that we will not address sign of maturity, and we must endeavour at all tangible changes that are pertinent for the cost to redirect and re-examine our laws and advancement of this country, Solomon Islands legislations that would enable us to solicit and its development for the betterment of our adoptable changes that are of significant people and future generations. importance and warrants a well deserve Mr Speaker, it is in this regard that we development aspirations of our people and the should be reminded not to continue to repeat the nation at large. legacy of the past but build on those experiences Mr Speaker, ever since the country for the advancement and development of our attains independence, we have been depending nation, Solomon Islands. This should be the on aid assistance and critics have continued to fundamental obligation of all 50 elected advocate even to the extent of selling our Members of Parliament. We must at all cost put sovereignty lest aid assistance ceases and not our people, our country first before ourselves. forthcoming. If aid donors are offended by our Mr Speaker, we are not elected to actions, we must protect at all times otherwise. represent the interest of others but the interest of Mr Speaker, it is not my intention to our constituents and none other. Hence, I call on discard the individual contributions and all of us in this Chamber to refrain from doing invaluable contributions continue to be rendered so and seriously consider why you are elected to by our development partners in which we this honourable house. continue to enjoy ever since we attain Mr Speaker, I wish to touch on the nationhood both physically and financially in impasse that occurred and the discrepancies that enhancing the development of this country. I do need to be corrected in order to avoid further appreciate and would like to thank the donors occurrences. Mr Speaker, whilst I acknowledge both through bilateral and multilateral that we do not have just the Government and arrangements for the efforts of having capacity Opposition in this honourable house, we also building in our nation and to get us to where we have a third sector in this Chamber, the are now. I noted with keen interest and Independent Group. acknowledge the continual improvements done Mr Speaker, when giving examples of by them through RAMSI for the police, the law countries or practices involving procedures, the and justice sector, the public service and finance processes adopted in the administration of the and treasury. affairs of their parliaments, we tend to forget Mr Speaker, over the years, that we are not like other countries surrounding development partners have also continued to us to make valid comparisons with. We do not assist and develop efforts in various sectors have developed political parties with permanent including infrastructure, transport, health and party politic affiliations. Mr Speaker, after 29 education. Health and education continues to be years, governments are formed after elections a priority sector of this government and will be completed during that lobbying period, hence so in the future. The most important resources there are no political parties with leadership we have are people. I wish to thank the Ministry succession. It is in that respect in the absence of of Education and Ministry of Health for ensuring that better health care and quality education Mr Speaker, no one would dispute that continues to be provided for our people. but the point of contention here is what we do Mr Speaker, what the Grand Coalition after all these years to remedy the situation in for Change Government advocates through its order for Solomon Islanders to take control of policies, is to take stock of the considerable their own destiny and be in the driving seat and achievements and adversities experienced on not to be dictated who has the economic power partnership approach adopted by successive whereas in many instances is owned by other governments and development partners in the parties. No wonder, Mr Speaker, all the development of Solomon Islands over the years. laborious national plans produced year after year Mr Speaker, one can only take the time and with good intentions could not be implemented energy to browse through the volumes and because we have little to say and we do not have volumes of feasibility study reports in the economic power in our hands. various sectors produced by consultants, most of Mr Speaker, it is evidently advocated by whom are non Solomon Islanders that in every the wisdom of those who have gone before us on instance all projects funded in the name of the floor of this Parliament year after year, that Solomon Islands, millions of dollars year after unless we move away from the ideology of year was spent on TAs, and very little or none at foreign dominance and neo colonization to a all is spent on tangible development which have state where we are free to decide for ourselves, insignificant impact or benefit to the people of we cannot achieve our final destiny of attaining Solomon Islands. Limited effort is put in place self reliance and complete independence. The for Solomon Islands counterparts to gain the concept adopted by our forefathers in a needed skills on positions occupied by meaningful way in their simple economic expatriates. system through hard work, sweat and Mr Speaker, I wish to pay special tribute interdependent of each other. and commendation to the people and the Mr Speaker, I must congratulate the Government of the Republic of China for its Grand Coalition for Change Government and its unwavering assistance and for the trust accorded leadership for the bold stand taken on many to the Government and people of Solomon occasions in saying „no‟ than to say „yes Islands. The Republic of China, Taiwan is the master‟. I strongly feel and think that we should only country whose assistance is without now begin to say more of „no‟ than „yes master‟. conditionality or without any strings attached. It If we are to achieve our ultimate objective as an is the only country that has assisted to advance independent nation, I therefore encourage all in meaningful and effective manner to the Solomon Islanders to say more „noes‟ than „yes government‟s bottom up approach policy. ROC master‟. This syndrome must be stopped at all is a model of a true helpem friend despite threats cost and a change of attitude be practiced now and intimidation by certain aid partners that than never. I challenge all of us here to think as claim to be a true helpem friend. It has stood by Solomon Islanders and to avoid this usual the people of Solomon Islands even during the mindset that you are inferior to others. darkest hours in our history. I therefore Mr Speaker, fear of saying „no‟ cannot challenge others who claim to be genuinely be overemphasized if economic power is in the assisting Solomon Islands in its aspirations to do hands of foreigners. Simply, we cannot say „no‟ likewise and put their money where their mouth to our development partners because we are not is. equal in so far as the power of money is concern, Mr Speaker, almost every aid hence we cannot impress on the partners what is assistances provided to Solomon Islands, has best for us in determining the rate of already been predetermined by the aid agencies development necessary for our advancement. of its conditionality tie as to how the money is to Mr Speaker, the current government‟s be spent. The recipient country has very little to approach in advancing the bottom up approach say. After all it is their money and they have all is the fundamental mechanism put in place to the right to determine how it is to be spent. empower indigenous Solomon Islanders is an approach in the right direction, and I encourage every Solomon Islander to take advantage of same information data withheld by the Public such an opportunity. Every single one of us here Service. must realize that outsiders cannot develop Mr Speaker, reviews will be made to the Solomon Islands. That is why we cannot allow structure of all jobs in all ministries to be non Solomon Islanders to direct and tell us what evaluated before the end of this year. In this is best for Solomon Islands. They know nothing exercise, unnecessary structures will be trimmed about Solomon Islands and it is eminent that we off or amalgamated with other performance ourselves must take the lead in deciding for similar roles. My Ministry staff has been ourselves. instructed to carry out spot checks in all Mr Speaker, the efforts of my Ministry Ministries to ensure public servants are doing suggest that, and to this end a number of the work they are paid to do. This is part of the changes have been advanced or planned to be monitoring performance. Those who are found advanced on the structure and directions of our to be not performing will be processed for early public administration. Our public servants will retirement and retain only those who are be made to be responsiveness to the elected committed in the service. government agenda and will be groomed to Mr Speaker, the government and improve efficiency and effectiveness with strong especially our Public Service continues to face emphasis on service delivery and outcomes. Mr with the growing demand for service cost by the Speaker, the problem we face to effectively increasing population, increase specialization to deliver needed services to our people in the rural decisions by public officers. The difficulty of area is lack of capacity in both the ministries and retaining professional and technical staff is provinces. This situation is not of our own because of attractive incentives in the private doing but it is a legacy from those who opposed sector and scattered geographical settings and changes and reform on our people. As a result difficult terrain under which public officers are of that, we have not yet reached the capacity to expected to serve under. render services to our people. My Ministry Mr Speaker, despite these difficulties therefore has progressed with the following many hundreds of public servants across activities in our efforts to build capacity Solomon Islands have contributed to the throughout our government system. development of this country and volunteered Mr Speaker, you will know that bodies their time and effort to discharge their duties. I besides the normal granting of scholarships for thank those many public servants and especially in-service training, IPAM has been up and the Permanent Secretaries, Provincial running to induct public officers not only on the Secretaries, Heads of Departments who walk an culture of our Public Service but to instill in extra mile in the service of this nation. I them the purpose of performance for outputs and acknowledge particularly those officers who principles of accountable, good governance, during times of hardships are called to duty. I transparency, ethical leadership, induction and pay special tribute to the nurses, the doctors who basic management courses have been run for serve in our hospitals and clinics. I also pay Ministries, Provinces and the Honiara City tribute to police officers, immigration, customs Council. and quarantine officer who serve as our security Mr Speaker, also my staff in on the first line of defense. The engineers who collaboration with the Attorney General‟s build our infrastructures, the teachers who teach Chamber and stakeholders have completed in our schools, the lawyers and judges who make reviews of the General Orders and the Public sure our courts are operational. The accountants Service Commission Regulations. Copies will who make sure government commitments are be made available to all Public Service system to paid for. Special tribute also goes to the place the recommendation of the role the Chairman of all Public Service Commission and Auditor General Report will be better addressed the staff of my Ministry. And finally to the and that it should link with the Treasury energetic staff of the National Parliament, and Information System and distinct but has the especially you, Mr Speaker, for making sure that our business in Parliament continues to be the Grand Coalition for Change Government‟s organized and run smoothly. policy on people centred, bottom up approach Mr Speaker, things may have not and indigenization of democracy, has not found happened hastily as expected but we have made it easy to be changed from status quo to venture considerable improvements in our performances. out in faith from known to the unknown in order The current improvement in our economy does to be sure that things we hope for and be certain have direct link with improved performance in of the things we cannot yet see. Yet I believe the Public Service and our government system. we daily discover that by knowing the God of Mr Speaker, the message of my heaven and earth gives meaning to life and by contribution to this motion is simply – we must obeying him, gives purpose to life. Therefore, all work extra harder and not dependent on Mr Speaker, we thank God for all that is past handouts which are not always to our advantage and we continue to trust our living God for all and the advantage of generations to come. Our that He reveals to us daily to be responsively differences must be brushed aside and let us responsible of doing them daily because God is work together for the betterment of our beloved always today and not tomorrow. nation, Solomon Islands. There is no better time Mr Speaker, at this juncture may I share than now that our beloved nation, Solomon with Members of Parliament and with the public Islands, calls all of us today to duty. what the Ministry of Lands has seriously taken Mr Speaker, before I resume my seat I to address national land matters. Mr Speaker, wish to remind us of the words said by President the recent report of the Public Accounts Abraham Lincoln and I quote: “With malice Committee on its examination of the Audit towards none, with charity for all, with firmness Report into the Land Registration procedure and in the right as God gives us to see the right, let the Kukum Subdivision Report, has revealed a us strive on to finish the work we are in.” lot about land issues, and what has been Mr Speaker, with those remarks I happening under our noses. These are serious support the motion. concerns both for the Government as well as the public. Hon BOSETO: Thank you for the opportunity Mr Speaker, this issue as identified to share my contribution to the motion of sine under the Audit Report has summarized as die. First of all, Mr Speaker, let me thank you, follows: Sir, for your able management of the constitutional functions and procedures of the (1) Lack of communication between the daily sittings of the present meeting which shall Commissioner of Lands and be concluded and Parliament shall then stand stakeholders such as the Town and adjourned sine die. Country Planning Board, the Surveyor Secondly, Mr Speaker, let me thank the General, Director of Physical Planning, Prime Minister for his presentation of the motion and the Valuer General. of sine die in this honourable house. Mr Speaker, current issues, challenges and concerns (2) The need for a fairer, equitable and a raised in the speech of our Prime Minister documented process in decision making remains an agenda of the government and the relating to the development of land. people of our beloved country of Solomon Islands to address and masterly overcome them (3) Statutory compliance requirements were by our faith in God through the unconditional not adhered to. love of Jesus Christ. Mr Speaker, may I also take this (4) Lack of documentation in processes opportunity to thank my Permanent Secretary, including land approval checklist, letter Undersecretary, heads of divisions, technical of offer, payment evidences and assistances and helpers within the Ministry of correspondence to approved and Lands and Survey. Mr Speaker, I know that the rejected land applicants. Ministry of Lands, as a major implementer of (5) Non compliance to financial instruction (3) Removing statutory powers to allocate in the daily revenue transfer, revenue land vested in both the Commissioner of collection of stamp duty and land Lands and the Minister for Lands and rentals. transferring the same power to an independent land trust board. (6) Fraudulent activities, conflict of interest and other financial irregularities (4) Place a moratorium in the issuing of conducted by Lands Officers. further temporary occupation license whilst encouraging proper residential Mr Speaker, the Ministry of Lands is development of current temporal now trying to rectify the situation not just in occupation licenses by converting them relation to the subdivision and sale of the into fixed term estate. Kukum Land but the overall routine function and performance of the Ministry as well. The Mr Speaker, to date the Ministry has Ministry needs to try and restore the public‟s started embarking on its reform program through confidence and sound credibility in its service the following activities: delivery. Mr Speaker, a detailed action plan was (1) The reinforcement of administrative produced in response to the recommendation of standard operating procedure. This the Audit Report which outlined all the includes the proper set up of the registry necessary actions required to be taken, in and filing system, better communication attempting to address the shortcomings and links and consultation within the maladministration identified under the Audit Ministry, review of the procedures in Report. land allocation from application to Mr Speaker, the problem as identified registration and granting of land titles, under the Audit Report is in fact part of a much the enforcement of legal requirements broader concern which is understood to have and follow ups. been going on unchecked for quite some time now. The severity of the situation has not (2) Request for the reinstatement of the site simply been resolved of maladministration and development fund to revert back to fraudulent activities but a case of gross application of land through the public misapplication of the laws including regulations tender process and at the same time and processes. suspend the direct land allocation What is the Ministry doing about this? process. In the interim an administrative Mr Speaker, under the Grand Coalition for arrangement has been put in place to set Change Government‟s policy, a major land up a committee to assist the reform program is currently underway, which is commissioner in screening all land addressing as part of the reform process: applications and allocations. (1) Ensuring that land allocation, utilization (3) Recovery of revenue from land rentals and administration in all urban centres by publishing all outstanding rentals on strictly comply with the requirement of oath to the Solomon Islands existing regulations. Government. (2) Enforce existing legislation to (4) Following the recovery of land rentals, discourage speculation in regard to the record of each land parcel will be under-developed government allocated updated. Further inspection will be land with the view to returning such carried out followed by a massive lands for further allocation. exercise to repossess all under developed land within Honiara through the legal process of forfeiture in consultation with the Attorney General‟s setting up of the Land Reform Unit offices in the Office. The Kukum Land issue will be nine provinces. The items are being stocked featured under this exericise. with the Land Reform Unit office. (5) Internal investigations are currently 18 laptops, nine desktops, 40 horse being carried out and to date three power engines, nine ray boats, 3 vehicle officers have been disciplined including four wheel drives, furniture for one dismissal. Our recruits are updated. provincial offices. There maybe more. Mr Speaker, during provincial tours the (6) The Valuer General‟s Office is currently team will look for office spaces for land reform being revamped and this week a new unit in the provinces. Currently, there are no Valuers Association is being established existing offices and as such we are looking for a under the Ministry‟s coordination with site for construction of new offices. We are the view of standardizing valuation, a hoping that by end of the year, the Land Reform special criteria across the board for both Unit will be fully functioning according to the the government and private through the plans with the approval of Parliament next year, formulation of appropriate legislation all provinces will have units in each province and regulation. made of four officers. That is a team leader, assistant team leader, a recorder and secretary. Mr Speaker, the Ministry has a lot to do These teams will be working with provincial and with the support of other relevant ministries governments in the effort to visit rural should be able to rectify the situation as early as communities in rural areas in getting possible. As a concept, reform is taken to mean information on matters relating to traditional a change improvement towards the future. customary land issues. Mr Speaker, I would like to outline very Mr Speaker, this information is very briefly the recent activities of the Land Reform vital for the completion of a new act of Unit. Mr Speaker, the Land Reform Unit has Parliament, which I hope to introduce in this started operation on the first week of this month. Parliament House in the next sitting. We are Mr Speaker, the office has just been established looking forward to your full support to get the and is progressing well in terms of office set up, program going which will get our rural people ordering of office equipment, furniture as well actively take part in a form of development as organizing the overall land reform tour economically or socially. program to all the nine provinces in Solomon Lastly, Mr Speaker, the bottom up Islands with the assistance of three office staff. approach is our faith‟s target or faith‟s goal to We are also expecting two assistant directors to reach, to experience and to witness. be part of the team. Hopefully the assistant Mr Speaker, many people still do not directors would commence duty soon if not next see the target or the goal of the Grand Coalition week. for Change Government Policy on the bottom up Mr Speaker, the Land Reform Unit has approach to be realized. Perhaps, Mr Speaker, set up itself well and a tour programs have been they only think of it in terms of material and set in place to tour all the provinces with a financial benefits to immediately reach every delegation of four people. The tour program person in our rural area and villages. starts systematically with Choiseul, Isabel, Mr Speaker, I will say yes that it is Temotu, Renbel, Central and lastly Western and partly about material and financial benefits but Malaita Provinces in December. The main the bottom up principle does not encourage program initiative will be to discuss government promoting the permanent sickness of handouts land reform with provincial executive and and perpetual dependency on other people‟s administration. economic sweat. Mr Speaker, so far the Land Reform Unit has ordered the following equipment for the Mr Speaker, in my view the bottom up Mr Speaker, God‟s heart is always full philosophy and its holistic approach is to do the of love for the world. The word of love became following: a human being in person of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was born in the inn of the animal in (1) To educate and empower the least in our order to witness God‟s priority, his people rural area to discover his/her worth and centered. God‟s name is love and His two the potentiality that he/she must be greatest commandments is to love more and given respect and trust to make a more in order to love others more. contribution within his own family, Mr Speaker, the God Almighty is the village, community and the wider only great shepherd of the people and their society. environments of the world. He called our government leaders, church leaders at all levels (2) He/she must grow towards maturity in of our nation of families, nation of tribes, and solidarity with team leadership and team nation of nationalities, to listen to His voice and work. to take of His sheep and feed His lambs. He today warns all of us leaders as He warned the (3) He or she must learn to obey God‟s leaders of Israel in the Old Testament more than political will. That is to love one 4,000 years ago. He said, “You are doomed you another. This means to have strong faith shepherds of Israel. You take care of yourselves in God that works through the love of but never tend the sheep. You drink the milk, Christ. you are clothed made from the wool and kill and eat the finest sheep but you never tend the sheep. (4) He or she must be mature enough to You have not taken care of the weak ones, heal stand against paternalistic attitude or top the ones that are sick, bandage the ones that are down one way traffic communication in hurt, brought back the ones who wandered off or order to build an interdependent look for the ones that were lost. Instead you community locally, nationally and treated them cruelly because the sheep had no internationally. shepherd. They were scattered and the wild animals killed and ate them. (5) He or she must learn to judge our To me, Mr Speaker, the bottom up nation‟s progress, not just simply in approach is first of all to listen to the cries and terms of self consumerism but in terms the voice of the weak, the vulnerable, the of self discipline , lifestyle and self excluded the marginalized, the voiceless, the contentment. oppressed, the exploited and the neglected. Mr Speaker, I hope and pray with all my Mr Speaker, biblically speaking in the colleagues in this Honorable Chamber that our context of unconditional love of the kingdom of home grown constitution of a federal state God, the bottom up approach is to reach out to in government which is being considered for its humility and responsibly with compassion of established by the congress at present in Honiara love in action. For example, Mr Speaker, Moses may once again listen to these challenging words of the Old Testament was inwardly urged by of the great Shepherd, Jesus Christ the Lord in compassion of love in action. He voluntarily order to come up with the responsibly decided to drop down from the palace of the responsive structures and systems that is both royal family of King Pharaoh in Egypt and came empowering and participatory. down to identify himself with the economically Before I resume my seat, Mr Speaker, poor, politically oppressed and the racially let me say that God, our great Shepherd who alienated. This is truly the leadership calls all our leaders and people of Solomon conversion of to lead is to serve, empowering, Islands remains faithful. He will continue to setting free the marginalized, the excluded and lead us, guide us, protect us and defend our the oppressed. people and our nation in the name of the prince of Peace and the King of Justice. Mr Speaker, with those few remarks I In this regard, Mr Speaker, I would like beg to support the motion. Thank you. to thank my chiefs, men and women, children and youths and all people of North East Hon SIKUA: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for Guadalcanal Constituency for your support, giving me this opportunity to contribute to the patience and understanding so far. In particular, Sine Die motion. Mr Speaker, I want to thank them for their Firstly, I would like to thank the understanding, respect and support for the Honorable Prime Minister for his very able political position and stands I have taken during leadership as head of the Grand Coalition for the period leading up to the recent no confidence Change Government for moving the Sine Die motion. In hindsight I am sure they will agree motion on the 21st of August 2007. that wisdom will always prevail and that I have In addition, Mr Speaker, I would like to made the right decision and choice. thank all my Cabinet colleagues and government Mr Speaker, during this meeting we backbenchers for their cooperation and spirit of have passed a number of very important bills. I togetherness during the testing times which has wish to thank those Ministers who are involved, now allowed us to hold on to the reigns of power their staff and other government authorities now and I hope for a long time to come. involved, especially the Attorney General‟s Mr Speaker, I also wish to thank the Chamber for their hard work in making sure Leader of the Opposition and members of the bills are brought before Parliament. Opposition side particularly the MP for East Are Mr Speaker, in particular I wish to thank Are for allowing us to continue being in my good friend, the Minister for Police, National government by quickly withdrawing his no Security Justice and Legal Affairs for bringing confidence motion. the Correctional Services Bill to Parliament. I Mr Speaker, I also take this opportunity do support the Bill and I look forward to to thank you and your most esteemed office for working together with his Ministry and the the smooth running of this Parliament meeting. Solomon Islands College of Higher Education in To the Clerk and all staff of the National regards to developing the education and training Parliament Office, I also extend my sincerely programs for inmates as mentioned in the Bill. thanks for the timely preparation of meeting Nonetheless, Mr Speaker, I wish to urge papers and for paying our sitting allowances on the Minister to quickly upgrade the prisons in time. I would also like to thank the Hansard other provincial centers so that Tetere Prison can staff for their up to date recording of the daily be scaled down and eventually removed from its Hansard. I must say that the Parliament website present location. Mr Speaker, I say this because is indeed an important research tool for Tetere Prison is very close to the border between parliamentarians and other interested parties the two constituencies of North and North East both locally and overseas. So keep it updated Guadalcanal and when the prisoners escape my regularly. people in North East Guadalcanal Constituency Mr Speaker, I must also say thank you usually get very frightened especially women to you for this very fruitful meeting. We started and children. off in a very tense atmosphere because of the Mr Speaker sir, as the Member of intended motion of no confidence but upon Parliament for East Guadalcanal, I thank the withdrawal of the motion and the days became National Government and our donor partners weeks, Members of Parliament on both sides of especially the Government and people of Japan the House felt relaxed and behave in a civilized for funding the main road project from Lunga to manner towards each other, which is very good the Berande River. Mr Speaker. This is a healthy sign, and as In this regard, Mr Speaker, I also take National Leaders we must always keep the best special note of the request by my good friend, interest of our people and country at heart as the the Minister for Infrastructure Development and first priority and our little differences and petty MP for East Kwaio to work together with my politics should not keep us in perpetual enmity. chiefs and landowners to minimize and settle land disputes that have arisen and are slowing down the implementation of important national headquarters as well as looking at the issues to projects. do with shipping needs within the province. Mr Speaker, may I remind my very Mr Speaker, with regards to the question good friend, the Minister for Infrastructure of reconciliation, the southern part of Development once again that the Bokokimbo Guadalcanal is more advanced in this program Bridge is now like a wharf sitting in the middle and I congratulate them and their Member of of the river after the recent heavy flooding. I Parliament for taking the initiative in this regard. hope that work can be done urgently to restore Mr Speaker, I hope that with funds the main road on both sides of the bridge so that being approved in the 2007 Supplementary traffic can pass through the bridge once again. budget, the reconciliation initiatives at various Mr Speaker, I also would like to thank the levels in the northern part of the Province can national government for its policy to return all commence and completed at the end of the year alienated land to indigenous landowners. In my or early next year. constituency there are parcels of alienated land On the issue of adopting the State yet to be returned to my people and I would like Government System, Mr Speaker, I am happy to to urge the Ministry of Lands and all concerned note that a group of people comprising elders parties to fast track the process as my people are and members of the Constitutional Review now tired of waiting. Congress are currently in Honiara to begin work Some of my constituents, Mr Speaker, on the draft federal constitution. This review have a big interest in the Lunga land and I ask exercise will take about a year to complete after all responsible authorities to bring some closure which a draft bill will be brought before to this long running and outstanding issue Parliament next year. Mr Speaker, I therefore immediately. It is sad to observe that whilst my ask my people of North East Guadalcanal to be people are waiting patiently for something to patient with the Government because all these happen, the backdoor dealing and selling of land good things will take time if we are going to do at Lunga is continuing to this very day and them properly for our own future, for our responsible authorities are powerless to stop this children‟s future and that of succeeding practice. generations. Mr Speaker, the Government‟s move to Mr Speaker, as the Minister for establish the post of Constituency Development Education and Human Resources Development I Officers and for recruiting them is worthy and now wish to make a number of comments on commendable. I am sure they will enhance and education issues. greatly assist Members of Parliament in Mr Speaker, the Teacher‟s Strike that implementing the development needs in our occurred at the beginning of this school term is constituencies to support the Government‟s now behind us. However, I am pleased to bottom up approach. inform this Honorable House that officials from On the bona fide demands of the my Ministry with assistance of officers from the Guadalcanal people, Mr Speaker, I do not Ministry of Public Service and Ministry of subscribe to the views expressed by my friend, Provincial Government and Rural Development the MP for East Are Are that the present are making very good progress in processing the government is not doing anything about the bona re-leveling payments to the unified pay structure fide demands of the Guadalcanal people. I want for more than 3,000 teachers. Apart from this, to assure my people of North East Guadalcanal more than 5,680 teachers will be paid their that this is the only government that is seriously salary arrears back dated to July 2006 as well as addressing our demands, and indeed that of the the payment of inducement, boarding, extra whole nation, as the issues have been built into curricula, long and dedicated service benefits the Government‟s policy framework documents. and annual leave travel expenses for teachers Mr Speaker, I want the people of North before the end of this year. East Guadalcanal Constituency to know that the Mr Speaker, I wish to register my Government is looking seriously at how it can sincere thanks to my colleague Minister for quickly address the issue of having a permanent Finance and Treasury, the Minister for Public Service, the Minister for Provincial Government end of 31st May this year. Mr Speaker, this will and Rural Development, the Minister for help to control the tertiary budget and keep costs Commerce, the Honorable Attorney General and within the budget. staff, and my own Permanent Secretary, As you may be aware, Mr Speaker, since last Divisional Heads and staff and members of the year and gain this year, the Ministry of SINTA Executives and SINTA Branch Education has not made any requests for a chairpersons in the provinces for their support supplementary appropriation for the tertiary throughout the period we were sorting out the support budget. This is because I have flatly teacher‟s issues. refused to be pressured by anybody to accept Mr Speaker, the Government is very scholarship at the last minute. Mr Speaker, I committed and has always endeavored to fulfill want us all to realize that there is a process to be its obligations to improve the working followed in regards to the award of government conditions of all teachers. However, as a former scholarships and we must all respect that process school teacher and educationist yourself, you regardless of who we are. will have observed the deteriorating attitude and Mr Speaker, the issue of delay in the un-professionalism of some teachers today. Mr payment of student allowances for the Solomon Speaker, this does not include those good Islands Government‟s sponsor students at the teachers who have gone into teaching out of University Laucala Campus has again featured their own good will and their own personal prominently in the local print and electronic needs and desires like people who have taken up media up to today. The good news is that our teaching out of necessity. students have now received this allowance and Mr Speaker, I am not talking about every one is happy. those people who joined the ranks. I am talking I have just noted in today‟s paper, Mr about those people who join the ranks because Speaker, that some students have not receive the they had no other alternative, no other avenue of full balance of their allowances and I want to expression except to go to a field that had assure them that they will be receiving the security and gave them some form of remaining balance of their allowances in the opportunity in life. Mr Speaker, you will agree next fortnight or so. that these kind of teachers lack patience, Mr Speaker, contrary to what the MP for consistency and responsibility and they ignore East Are Are is saying, I want to stress here that the needs of their peoples in this kind of matters. the delays are due to administrative hiccups Mr Speaker, with teachers now being rather than economic reasons. It has nothing to paid very well and on the same pay structure as do with the government‟s ability in paying these public servants, all parents, guidance, children allowances. and all stakeholders in education expect that Mr Speaker, the delay at the beginning teachers should now work hard and stop missing of this year was caused by the late passage of classes at the expense of students and their this year‟s budget by Parliament. Also you will future. I also want to say here that parents, recall that at the beginning of this year, the USP guidance and children and indeed members of no longer pays students‟ allowances in advance the general public have the right to report any as was the practice in the past. Mr Speaker, this teachers missing classes to their relevant is due to the prevailing situation in Fiji which education authorities so that appropriate according to the USP Administration has created discipline can be against them. uncertainty in the University‟s finances as Fiji Mr Speaker, I wish to take this being the host nation is a major contributor to opportunity to reiterate to all Members of the university. Hence, Mr Speaker, the National Parliament that applicants for the 2008 Training Unit within the Ministry has to raise scholarship awards have already closed on the payments for student allowances in a timely 31st May 2007. Therefore, I am not expecting manner on Semester 1 and Semester 2 of this people to try and coerce or corrupt me at the end year. of this year into accepting someone who has not Mr Speaker, as there are multiple submitted his or her application forms before the players in this process and not just the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Finance, long for East Are Are during his debate of the Sine delays have been experienced. I know for a fact Die motion that the number of scholarship that my officials started the process of payment awards for 2007 have decreased is not correct. of USP Student allowances at the beginning of In addition, his statement that scholarship June this year. We were hoping at that time the awards by donor partners have been reduced in required funds could be ready by the end of June 2007 is also not true. For the information of so that we could pay the students their living, Parliament, Mr Speaker, the total number of accommodation and book allowances as soon as scholarship holders for this year is 1,127 which semester 2 this year begins about three weeks showed an increase of 344 new awards ago. compared to last year. In addition, Mr Speaker, Mr Speaker, we all know that this has the number of students sponsored by AUSAID not happened and therefore I take this remains steady at 104 with 39 in Australia opportunity to apologize on behalf of the awards, and 65 regional awards. Government and my Ministry to all SIG Mr Speaker, the number of students sponsored students at the USP Laucala Campus sponsored by NZAID remains steady also at 114 and elsewhere for the delay and for causing with 37 in New Zealand awards, 64 regional them any unnecessary trauma, hardship or awards and 13 short term training awards. anxiety caused by the delay. I hope all concern Mr Speaker, the Commonwealth parties will lift their game and improve on this Secretariat is sponsoring two students who are matter in the future. undertaking postgraduate studies towards a Mr Speaker, as you may have heard on Masters and a PhD degree in Britain. Mr the SIBC over the weekend and in Solomon Star Speaker, the Republic of China currently this week, the USP/SIG sponsored students have sponsors 19 students who are attending various sent me a petition alluding that this delays have universities in the Republic of China on Taiwan. affected their studies through semester I of this An additional eight (8) students who have won year. Mr Speaker, I have asked my officials to the 2007 in Taiwan awards will be leaving for look at this petition and on the basis of their Taiwan this weekend to join the 19 continuing advice, I will respond accordingly as soon as students. Mr Speaker, the Government of Papua possible. Nonetheless, I urge all our New Guinea is continuing to assist us by Government sponsored students at the sponsoring 132 students studying in various University Laucala Campus to continue to work tertiary institutions in Papua New Guinea this hard despite these adversities so that they will year. maintain their reputation as being the top Honorable Members of Parliament will academically performing group of students at note the level of assistance currently provided by the University of the South Pacific compared to the Government of Papua New Guinea annually other students from around the region, and in the development estimates currently stands at therefore making us proud $12.5million. Mr Speaker, the remaining On this note, Mr Speaker, I am happy to number of awards totaling 888 scholarships is say that as we have read in the papers, the what we commonly refer to as the SIG Honorable Prime Minister has already received sponsored students and which the ROC is the first trance of the 2007 scholarship funding assisting us with funding on an annual basis with totaling $10million from the Republic of the amount of $16.7million which appears in our China‟s Ambassador to Solomon Islands on development estimates. Wednesday 22nd of August this year. Mr Mr Speaker, I wish to thank all our Speaker, these funds which is part of the donor partners for their continuing support to the $16.7million in the 2007 Development training of future human resource and leaders of Estimates for ROC funding will ensure that we Solomon Islands. Mr Speaker, I wish to high will have sufficient funding for our scholarships light here that the development of our greatest throughout this year. resource, our human resources is proving to be Mr Speaker, talking about scholarship very difficult and expensive as our population awards for 2007, the statement made by the MP grows and increases every year. What this means is that we must commence without kindergartens, primary schools, secondary further delay the Government‟s policy to schools and rural training centres. My Ministry establish a USP Campus in Solomon Islands and is working closely with other government to transform the Solomon Islands College of ministries and authorities to rebuild these Higher Education either to a university college education facilities. or a fully fledged national university in its own Mr Speaker, I hope that all the standard right. six pupils have found this week‟s secondary Mr Speaker, in relation to the entrance examinations very easy and enjoyable establishment of the University of the South and I wish them a belated best of luck in their Pacific Campus, a team comprising members of results. In addition, Mr Speaker, I would like to the USP Senior Management and the consulting wish all form 3, form 5, form 6 and form 7 architects will be arriving early next month to students, who will be taking their exams in the undertake further discussions and survey coming months, all the best, and remember the regarding the SICHE lower Panatina Campus saying that: “He who fails to prepare, prepares before detailed drawings and costing can be to fail.” done as soon as possible. In conclusion, Mr Speaker, I would like Mr Speaker, this issue seems to have to thank you, the Clerk, and all staff once again, dragged on for more than 22 years now but we for your tremendous support. Please keep the have experienced delays recently because this Parliament website going and updated regularly. team that I am referring to has been busy visiting In fact your boys are already sick of me going in and carrying out similar tasks in Kiribati, the there telling them to chase this and that. Mr Cook Islands and the Marshall Islands who are Speaker, I urge you to press on with the also going to build their own USP campuses. Parliament Building Project, especially building All in all, Mr Speaker, I sincerely hope that all offices for Members of Parliament. It is very Members of Parliament will support the funds simple. It is a very simple fact that if we cannot requested to construct our new USP Campus in look after ourselves properly how can we be the 2008 Budget submission from my Ministry. expected to look after the whole country The transformation and upgrading of the properly? I urge you to keep on with the Solomon Islands College Higher Education parliamentary building project. should occur soon after, and I hope that the two Also Mr Speaker, I wish to take this private universities which have been planned by opportunity to thank RAMSI for all the good the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the work it has done in bringing about law and order Church of Melanesia can get off the ground into our country. I wish to also thank all our sooner rather than later. donors in the education sector for their Mr Speaker, in recognition of all these continuing support. I wish to thank in particular exciting new developments in the tertiary New Zealand Aid, the European Union, the education sector, I would like to thank the Republic of China, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Honorable Prime Minister for agreeing to AUSAID, the United Kingdom, the World Bank appoint a Parliamentary Secretary for Higher and UN Agencies such as UNICEF, UNESCO Education from amongst us to focus on and and UNDP. In particular, I would like to thank ensure speedy implementation of all these plans the European Union and NZAid for their very towards the development of higher education in strong support to the education sector‟s Solomon Islands. Therefore, I would like to investment and reform program. sincerely thank the Leader of the People‟s Mr Speaker, I wish to extend my best Alliance Party for accepting this wondrous wishes to all members of our sporting contingent challenge, and in doing so leaving the tail on the to the Samoa Pacific Games 2007. May they other side of the House. perform to their utmost best and in the end make Mr Speaker, we are all aware of the Solomon Islands proud as a strong sporting devastation caused by the earthquake and nation. Might I suggest that before we finish tsunami in Choiseul and Western Provinces, Parliament Meeting we should be sending them including the damage caused to many of our a message, I think this is an opportunity when we are altogether to send them a message, say was appointed legally by the Government of next week with the signatures of all Members of Solomon Islands. Let us have some more Parliament so that it will boost their morale. respect for each other. Finally I wish to thank my people of Having said that, Mr Speaker, I wish to North East Guadalcanal Constituency once go and touch on another observation on matters again, and I hope to see you soon after the that have been quite controversial in the media parliament meeting whilst at the same time I am and also on the floor of this Parliament. The seeing some of them almost every day. May Honorable Prime Minister has through the God continue to shower us with His blessings motion explained some of these issues for our and wisdom. information or information of the public. I hope With these remarks, Mr Speaker, I these issues are now clear and we would not support the motion. have any more confusion but just because they keep reoccurring, I too wish to say something on Mr SITAI: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker, a particular issue. But before that, let me say for allowing me to join the batting as it were in that the cardinal rule between states is mutual contributing very briefly to the motion of sine respect of each others‟ sovereignty. I have die moved by the Honorable Prime Minister this always taken this view throughout all these week. controversies because if one state does not apply I will be brief, Mr Speaker, and I only that cardinal rule then the other state will wish to make a few observations. Let me begin naturally react in a way that that rule must be by saying that at the beginning of this meeting I maintained. found the floor of Parliament to be very tense. Let me come back to this issue relating At times I thought we were going to have a riot to what has happened to the learned Attorney on the floor of Parliament just like what General who was already appointed by the happened outside of Parliament on April 2006. Government of Solomon Islands in Papua New Sir, that did not happen and we are ending this Guinea and to relate that to the Government‟s meeting in a very peaceful atmosphere. I can actions that then took place. In my observation, only say that this is due to our maturity. We are the person that we have talked so much about as men of goodwill. We have understanding and we all know was on his way to Solomon Islands. we are very peaceful people. I would like to But whilst in Port Moresby, you would thank us all for that understanding. Without that remember that he became a stateless person tolerance we would have ended up with some because of what has happened to his passport. If problems. But that maturity, in my view, should any actions were to be carried out in his favor it direct us or should assist to maintain political would be best in my opinion purely on stability in this nation. I believe we can do that humanitarian grounds, apart from the fact that he and use our conscience to decide on whatever was a duly constitutionally appointed officer of time is appropriate to deal with matters that are the Solomon Islands Government holding that quite sensitive or that will impinge on stability post. in this Parliament. We have to give an In situations of this nature, I think it is opportunity for this government to survive and reasonable to weigh decisions. In my view, Mr implement its good policies for the benefit of all Speaker, the issue about contravening our air including our economy. space and landing at Munda, if you compare that Secondly on the same point, that with what happened to the person and look at it understanding and stability should a lso make us on humanitarian grounds that is heavier than all respect each other more on the floor of other considerations. That is how I see that Parliament. Sir, as one of the longest serving issue. Members on this Parliament, I would like to say The Government of Solomon Islands as that sometimes I feel very awkward to hear what we were told by the Prime Minister through appears to me to be insinuations directed and what was termed as „secret letter‟ which was leveled at certain people. A recent case in mind perhaps not a secret letter at all but a is the case on the learned Attorney General who communication between the two Prime Ministers expressing each other‟s views on this you can see how much we are paying for those issue, which perhaps resulted in a situation of imports. Sometimes I believe it could be more that nature but Prime Ministers can or near to the level of aid we are receiving from communicate with each other. Australia. This is a fact and it is something we On that score let me add, Mr Speaker, must not forget. But through economic growth that we must not forget the existence of the may be we could reverse the trend, and we are Melanesian Spearhead Group. Perhaps our getting there. That is one of my observations Mr founding fathers of the MSG had this sort of Speaker. things in mind that as a group, a Melanesian The other is in relation to the creation of Group they are threatened by a powerful nation new ministries. I only wish to say that the new or state within the region. Perhaps some Ministry of Rural Development as has been understanding can be reached in how to deal mentioned in Parliament if put in place will with these matters in a way that is acceptable to strengthen the government‟s efforts to our leaders. I contribute this in my own implement the bottom up approach policy. I observations as the wisdom of the founding must thank the government too on that note for fathers of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. the appointment of constituency development Having said that, Mr Speaker, I would officers who will assist MPs, their committees like to move on to other areas of observation I and constituencies to carry out those policies as would like to speak on. Let me begin by looking well as to monitor development projects, at the much talked about economic growth. The identify new projects and may be assist in Minister of Finance mentioned in Parliament training. and they kept attacking him about it, calling it What I need to ask the Government now not the economy growth but the recovery or is having trained the constituency development whatever term you may wish to say it, as a officers, please provide the necessary resources simple layman I just want to say that the to enable them do their work. I believe they economy is growing. There is great potential for have now completed their course and are all us to grow the economy further through the going back to their various constituencies to policies of the present government. That can be settle in and commence work. done despite natural disasters that have hit us, The other issue also in relation to manmade disasters that we will encounter but I constituency development is to humbly ask my think through those policies we can do it. This government or our government, particularly the country is very resourceful in terms of resources Ministers who are responsible to start moving and manpower. It can be done. I do not have the implementation of projects. Some of us or any doubts about it. Let us put our acts together all Members of Parliament I believe have that we can do it for the betterment of this requests documented and submitted for our country. constituencies. There is indeed economic growth, not It is now August, we only have two much perhaps but that is a sign of achievement. more months left before the next appropriation If we keep up with that path, I believe we can bill 2008. If we move the process so that people grow the economy more. That can be attributed can see things happening despite of whatever to the prudent policies of the government we can assistance we already have at our disposal there make sector to come up to what we expect it to are people that need attention and so I only wish be in the future. to ask the Prime Minister and the Government to At this juncture, Mr Speaker, let me also perhaps look at those areas and assist them so at share in Parliament a view that I have always the end of the day it will be our people who had in relation to our economy, in particular our benefit. trading situation with Australia. Remember that Having made those observations, Mr in terms of balance of trade, advantage is Speaker, I wish lastly to thank you for your enjoyed by Australia and not Solomon Islands. I tolerance, good will and very able chairmanship am raising this only because when you look at of our meetings despite the difficulties we have the imports we are bringing in from Australia, had during this session. I would also like to thank the clerk and staff for all their support in on the floor of Parliament we can go out and do enabling this meeting to run smoothly. I would our exercises in that place so that every sweat like to thank the staff of Parliament for their can come out and we can be normal back and continued assistance to parliamentarians. cool down. I would also like to thank the Prime Finally, Mr Speaker, I wish to convey Minister, members of the Cabinet, colleague my best wishes to my people of East Makira backbenchers, especially the government for Constituency. I am going to visit you next very able leadership, stern and firm, hard month to interact with you. Now that our working Ministers. During these three weeks constituency development officer has been we have had a good number of bills coming into appointed and has gone through training, he will Parliament. I am asking you to maintain your work with your MP. He needs to make contact performance. I would like to thank you all with the people so that he can come out with a Ministers for the hard work and inputs you are roadmap of the constituency. putting in to support the Prime Minister and the Thank you very much Mr Speaker, and Government to make things moving. with those few comments I support the motion. I would like to thank the public servants for their hard work also in running our Mr OLAVAE: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for ministries. I would like to point out to the g allowing me the floor to debate the motion of Government that at times maybe you could sine die. review the appointment of some these personnel However, Mr Speaker, before I who are not performing to the Government‟s contribute to this motion I would like to thank expectation. the Prime Minister for moving this motion on Other people who deserve my thanks are Tuesday and Members who contributed the aid donors who continue to help us, our significantly towards this motion. church leaders, our other leaders at all levels and Mr Speaker, I would also like to thank our people in our various constituencies. Our this Government for introducing the bottom up people especially for the resilience, their approach policy. This is the first time in our patience having endured all those things at times history after obtaining independence 29 years. are now beginning to see things are happening. Mr Speaker, this government has realized that On another issue, lest I forget, Mr after 29 wasted years it puts in policies that will Speaker, I urge our Government to continue to help recover our ailing economy for the future support the application of the Republic of China progress and for the betterment of our people in to the United Nations. Despite difficulties order to improve their standard of living. affecting ROC‟s membership, I firmly believe This Government under its bottom up with the technology, the background, the wealth approach is talking about the creation. You they have, they can through the UN if they were know, Mr Speaker, I do not see any problem to become member they will share their wealth with creation. The wealth of resources that our and experience for the sake of others so that Almighty blessed us with have been laying in countries who have established relations with the hands of the people throughout our 50 them will also benefit from this friendship. constituencies. Mr Speaker, I do not have very much I used to say this in past sine motions more to say at this late hour, I wish colleague but I am going to say it again in a much better MPs a good trip home if we have left home but way. Mr Speaker, prior to us adopting the if we are tied up with some work in Honiara, I multilateral trading system, our forefathers used ask us all to take care at all times, in particular to live in the subsistence economy – the barter we must watch our diet. The Minister of Health system. There was not much problem in those talking in Parliament the other day has given out days. Until now most of the rural populace has the same message. I hope that in the next phase been living a subsistence way of living, and we of the development of Parliament you will are talking about 80% of our people living with ensure that there is an exercise room for their wealth of resources. Members of Parliament. After heated debates We have been talking about the who do the services? It is the current business government‟s problems, political and people. Just look at the provincial capitals, look economical problems because we established at all the shops in the capital. Look at Honiara, those artificial political structures. Our bountiful who are those providing services? Who are duty is to put in place right and conducive those enjoying the budgeted money we have economic policies for the betterment of this been talking about or money that successive country. governments passed in this Parliament and Mr Speaker, this Government dished out annually. formulated the bottom up approach policy in I wonder why this country, Mr Speaker, order for 80% of our population living in our has been facing economic problem. Look at the rural areas can participate in sustainable depletion of our foreign reserve in the Central development and in the productive sector so that Bank. This is because more imported items are they supplement the current private sector to brought in because the money that provincial revive or recover the ailing economy that we are governments and ministries have been spending experiencing thus far. was constituted into foreign exchange earnings From my observation, Mr Speaker, since for our trading partners. So the real players are attaining independence, we started with a very the importers who are foreign merchant earners expensive political structure. That is how I see throughout the country. This has been going on it. I do not know who was responsible in making us to neglect our real foreign exchange advising us to adopt this very expensive political earners – our people. That is why the new structure – the Provincial Government System. Ministry the government is going to establish Track records have shown that will pave the way to battle this unfavorable successive governments made money out of the balance of trade we have been experiencing over people‟s resources. Under the 1978 Audit Act the years. all revenue derived from the resources of rural We are talking about boosting the rural people must be injected into the Treasury and economy, boosting the production of more our duty is to come here in Parliament and talk copra, cocoa and timber export through that about how we are going to distribute that money, policy. That is why this government I think and it has been going on in spiral for all these although there are few issues that clouds the doggy years. But the mechanism we forgot after mind for the future, I think when it is compared independence was the bottom up approach. with past governments, I think this government The colonial masters, I know, started us is about 60 or 70% better than the previous off very well but after independence successive government because the previous government governments changed their policies to a more never talked about the people and never talked centralized system concentrating more on those about the bottom. political structures. When we talk about I say this because when God created us political structures we are only talking about He created us from the bottom. The bottom of allocating more money derived from the rural the economy is the resources we are talking people‟s resources under the Ministry of about. This government realizes that and that is Provincial Government. why I support this government to be given this When we look at how the Provincial term. That is how I see it, Mr Speaker. Government has been expending money, Mr Speaker, we all know that money was spent on (hear, hear) services. And who has been providing those services Mr Speaker? It is mostly the Chinese Most of us are do not really 100% support them Business people. So it comes to trade again but when this government is compared with the here. previous government on how it approaches our We have been relying very much on people and how this government approaches our imported items - consumable goods. At the end people, this government is talking about of the year we pass budgets and in January we recognizing the mass population in the rural started to expend money, and who are the ones areas. The future looks better with the policies it is now embarking upon. Mr Speaker, the policy would like to inform this house too that I am this government is going to implement will be proud to be a part of this government on behalf practically seen in the rural communities. of my people of North West Guadalcanal. Mr Speaker, we have seen our political Before I go into other areas, Mr and economic problems in the last 29 years and Speaker, I think it is appropriate at this time, on this government is finding ways and means on behalf of my people of North West Guadalcanal how best it will alleviate the present to sincerely thank the Grand Coalition circumstances we are in and there will be a lot of Government for Change for seeing it fit to open hard work this government is going to do. And I dialogue with my people on Tandai Ward in think it is working towards that. I think we North West Guadalcanal to discuss the Honiara should cooperate and give time for this land issue. I must applaud the Prime Minister government to implement its good rural policy for that. Thank you very much for seeing it fit of the bottom up approach policy so that the to do that and also my other colleague members rural populace can have the chance of seeing and of Cabinet and Caucus members. I understand experiencing it because this has been a long that the rest of the formalities and the process for standing issue. The people have been waiting us to come together will be done after this for so long and we have been talking about rural parliament meeting. I am yet to formally gather people but there has not been any mechanism my people to formally inform them of the put in place to really realize that. position of the Grand Coalition for Change, and Mr Speaker, we are on the right track I must applaud your leadership. under this new roadmap. So give chance to this I also would like to thank the Grand government to implement its program of action Coalition for Change that although this policy to that will further help this country‟s economy. the return of alienated land is an ongoing issue Finally, Mr Speaker, I would like to since the SIAC Government, I think this thank you for the way you have been conducting government is serious; serious in a sense that it this parliament meeting since it started. I is under its policy guidelines. This government congratulate you, Mr Speaker, as well as your wants all alienated land to be returned to the staff and the securities for securing Members of original landowners, and with that too on behalf Parliament whilst we are in here. I want to of my people I would like to applaud you and congratulate you for that. I also would like to thank you for that. thank people in my constituency for mandating Sir, on the same note it is appropriate for me to lead them for the second term in this me also to highlight some of my Department‟s house. I think I will try my best to do what I can achievements or issues that I need to brief for them. Parliament about. Mr Speaker, there has been a With those remarks, Mr Speaker, I lot of work done in the Energy Sector. Since the resume my seat. beginning of the year my Ministry has worked in collaboration with the World Bank, the SOPAC, Hon USA: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for JICA on numerous energy projects in the urban allowing me to briefly contribute to the motion and rural areas. Mr Speaker, there is emphasis of sine die moved by the Honorable Prime on avoiding overlap of activities but ensuring Minister on Tuesday. that activities do complement each other. Before doing so, I too would like to join Mr Speaker, generally although the other colleagues in thanking you, Sir, for your progress of activities under the Energy Sector guidance throughout the meeting and also I development budget is slow in meeting the would like to thank the staff of Parliament for estimated time frame, certain tasks have been ensuring that all formalities are prepared before accomplished. The slowness in the progress of the next sitting day of meeting. activities is due to administrative reasons such as Mr Speaker, I also want to take this sometimes we are trying hard our best to get chance too to thank the Prime Minister for his money from the Treasury but it is a bit slow courageous leadership over this Grand Coalition however I do not really take that as an excuse. for Change Government. Also on this note I But the Department is trying its best to move Tingoa on Rennell and in Gizo. Installation forward on that. should take place around October 2007 when an Anyway Mr Speaker, the activities expertise from Australia is available to assist my implemented under the Energy Sector Ministry staff on installation work. Five wind development budget are as follows: turbine have been ordered to be installed for trial Bio-diesel. Progress in the trial on in sites in Langa Langa, New Georgia, Malaita blend coconut oil and diesel under the Outer Islands and in other sites yet to be MOU between my Ministry and SICHE identified. has delayed due to unavailability of The other sector, Mr Speaker, is hydro certain equipments. A local consultant power. My Ministry had conducted surveys on has been engaged to undertake research certain sites on Malaita upon request submitted on the potential of bio-diesel in by communities. There are so many requests Solomon Islands. from communities around the country for such Mr Speaker, these studies are done by surveys, and with our limited staff my Ministry my Ministry while the initiative by the World is working hard to meet these requests. Bank for sustainable energy financing project Also solar power surveys have been loans in July 2007 at the Central Bank of conducted in numerous communities around the Solomon Islands is progressing well and on country. The Ministry is working on solar time. electrification in boarding schools in the Mr Speaker, the sustainable energy country. financing project will provide soft loans for On the Honiara Power Improvement individuals, communities and entrepreneurs and Project, on Wednesday I officiated the closing of energy equipment suppliers through the ANZ phase 1 of the Honiara Power Improvement Bank to obtain solar home system, hydro Project and the commencement of phase 2 of the systems and coconut oil fibre generators. project under JICA Project. This will improve Sir, feasibility studies has commenced the Honiara Power consumers if they agree with in 21 communities in the Western Province and me. 10 communities in the Temotu Province for The other one is the Ngalimbiu hydro piloting of coconut oil fired mini grid systems. power and development of biomass plant at the Sir, these feasibility studies should end by GPPOL. The World Bank‟s preparatory work November 2007 and implementation commence on Ngalimbiu Hydro is progressing. This hydro in January 2008. These pilot project schemes is to provide power for Gold Ridge and Honiara. will see these 31 committees obtaining loans It is envisaged to develop a biomass plant through ..... to purchase power generators that utilizing palm oil waste from the GGPOL and operate on coconut oil to be sourced from the this will certainly connect to the main grid to Enoghae Coconut Crushing Mill in the Western supply Honiara residents. Province and the Temotu Development On the Gold Ridge Mine, Mr Speaker, Authority Coconut Crushing Mill in Lata . The work has progressed over the years, and communities will pay up the loan of the although there are delays in the full operation of generator through are yet to be determined tariff. the mine, I think land acquisition to acquire a Mr Speaker, my Ministry is working site for relocation is on progress, and I think the alongside the World Bank to seek financing or Department of Lands is working on that. transmission and distribution system of this mini Mr Speaker, I also want to inform the grid system which costs a lot. Upon its success, House of other areas, which I think is an Mr Speaker, this idea will be replicated around ongoing concern by a majority of our people in the country. The same loan also applies for Solomon Islands, is the Mines and Minerals Act. solar and ......hydro system. I think my department is working hard to The other thing, Mr Speaker, is the wind identify certain areas within the Act for resource assessment. Wind measuring amendment. equipments obtained by my Ministry through the One area that needs to be looked at is energy development budget are to be installed at the area that allows a company to go out and negotiate with the people. Mr Speaker, Mr Speaker, I also wish to thank you sometimes there is a big gap that does not allow and your staff for running this very important the Minister to have some cross-checking meeting of Parliament. I think we can all see mechanisms before the signing of the license, and witness what is going on in Parliament and so my Ministry is working on that to make House administratively with the quality of some amendments to the Act. technology something is happening in Mr Speaker, finally before I resume my improving this Parliament House that we seat I wish to make some general comments, and represent. this is in regards to what my good friend who Mr Speaker, first I would like to briefly has just spoken said in regards to imported thank the government of the day for seeing it fit goods. I believe the concerned department is in forming a new ministry of Women, Youth and working hard on it. I think if we look at the Children‟s Affairs. Mr Speaker, the ministry country, Mr Speaker, most of the imported itself speaks louder for the nation of Solomon goods are just disposal goods without quality. If Islands as I represent this very important you look at the shops, Mr Speaker, the Ministry. A small budget that was given under concerned department will try and address this the 2007 Appropriation Bill 2007, thank you shortly. We can see goods flooded into the Minister for Finance and thank you the shops which if bought today go bad today. I government of the day for seeing it fit in think this is a concern of many of our people. establishing this very, very important ministry in Without taking much time , Mr Speaker, our country. once again thank you very much for your The Grand Coalition of Change, the patience in ensuring all formalities in this name itself speaks louder. What it is saying in meeting are in order. I also do not forget to here is for us to change as a leader, if the people thank my constituents for their trust and who mandated us can change, we change this confidence in me by putting me back again in nation of Solomon Islands tomorrow for the Parliament to serve them in these four years. I betterment of our living. want to assure them that I will be with this Mr Speaker, at this dying hour of this Grand Coalition Government for Change until it Parliament Meeting, I want to be vocal about falls down or it continues to lead the government Ministry that I represent. First, there will be a throughout these four years that we are going bill coming up and I look forward to that. I towards. thank the bills that have come before this House Also on that same token, Mr Speaker, and approve in this House of Parliament. I think may I appeal to members of the Opposition that one very important bill of the Ministry that I although I respect your views and concerns on represent is a bill that will establish women this government is running the affairs of this representatives for this House of Parliament so country, as MP for North West Guadalcanal, that there is gender equality in this House in please I want to let you know publicly that I am order for the voice of the women to be heard so one of the official members of the Socred Party that there is balance of voice during parliament and I will remain with the Socred Party and the meetings. Grand Coalition for Change to lead this nation This is very, very important and I am on behalf of my people of North West looking forward to that bill. I am sure my Guadalcanal. Attorney General will support me on this Bill so With those few remarks, Mr Speaker, I that the bill is passed in this House representing support the motion. the women‟s voice in this House. It could be representative of the nine provinces. Why not? Hon TANEKO: Mr Speaker, I too, on behalf of Nine provinces, nine women representatives to my people would like to contribute to this very be in this House of the Parliament to balance the important sine die motion, which traditional and debating in Parliament. Thank you, Mr Speaker. culturally is a time for us to say and express The second bill is the youth parliament, what we believe at the end of a meeting. one of the second bills that I am looking forward to bring to this House of Parliament. The youth parliament I feel very strongly is the Bill that those visions will come so that we can will prepare our youths to be leaders of implement and change the government as the tomorrow. This could be done during school name its self tells in here Grand Coalition holidays, and I am sure this Parliament will Government for Change, to change the nation of agree. Let them train on the training ground in Solomon Islands better for the future that how here, breed them so that they can look forward we can live and lead. Thank you. to become leaders so that when they come in I thank the government, especially here they can speak more commonsense in this Minister for Finance for seeing it in bringing the House of Parliament rather than finger pointing appropriation bill 2007 in the House of at each. It is enough of finger pointing but let us Parliament and that is the only way that we can breed and train them. deliver the service to our people in whom we This is the dying hour and so I want to represent. make the Parliament lively. We are here to Mr Speaker, the fourth point I want to speak so that the people who mandated us can mention in here is the economy, and this is in the listen to what we are expressing and saying in report of the Central Bank in 2006. You know here. report says in 2007 of how the economics is Mr Speaker, I am looking forward to going and I like what the reports says. In 2007 that Bill on youth parliament. The youths out there will be about 20% to increase the earnings there are listening to me right now I know. of the economy and Mr Speaker this government There are about 40 to 50% of youths in the already proven under the very, very important country and we need to breed them in here to bottom up approach that is going because the become better leaders for a better tomorrow for cash flow in the rural areas now is increasing I the nation of Solomon Islands. thank the government of the day. I will be glad in celebrating the 30 years I have seen it in my own constituency of Independence of this country which is Youth Mr Speaker Sir, and so I am really supporting Parliament in here to be passed. And I am sure this bottom up approach. Some may be have my AG will support on those bill that I think that seen it, some may have not but I have seen it Mr is well fit to support my Ministry. Speaker Sir, the reality and it‟s a truth. Its a lot Mr Speaker sir, and this of course its of truth in it and I feel very much that this is the goner encourage the youths you know this is the only way that we start haven have a new mind only way that we can breed them, we got so Sir, many youths, the academic professionalizing I have always mentioned, shift our mind train and that level if we can breed them now we to the new areas to see how we can change this will have when we retire we will say yes, we nation. have done a job. You see alone Mr Speaker Sir, we are catering So the Grand Coalition for Change whatever the bill that pass, whatever motion that Government that have Prime Minister I look we pass is the benefits of the beneficiary that is forward for that bill and it is going to be a credit the people whom we represent is a beneficiaries to this government of the day if this bill is that we are looking for, how they goner live to passed. enjoy this nation Solomon Islands. Youths listening out in the country, this Mr Speaker sir, you know the tourist is nation belongs to you. The nation that is leading one of the areas that I will always mention here. how we are going to live for the environment I think whatever I prophesized here is real one of how we goner use the ability of this country is them is one of this 10% of the tithe. totally lie on the youths. So support the ministry This nation has already proven this in the way and the support the government for government has already passed what we the betterment for tomorrow of your nation of prophesized, what we professing here and I Solomon Islands. thank the government of the day Mr Speaker Sir, Mr Speaker sir, I am glad to mention wonderful. today in here in House of the Parliament for the That bill that been passed in here of the visions that the new Ministry had and more of tithing of the nation change the nation and that‟s the mean vocal ............... the nation of the serving our people who mandated us. And so Solomon Islands how its heading its goner the bottom up approach sir is a way forward for change because we have goner done the God‟s our nation, Solomon Islands. principle I like it and that is reality. That‟s the Mr Speaker, with this bottom up truth and the Bible says the truth only will sets approach, I feel very much by looking at the free and I thank the government of the day and I commercial banks and the institutes. I would thank the Prime Minister, and I thank every like the Government to encourage most families cabinet Ministers and the back benchers as well of the nation of Solomon Islands to save money and the other side as well because God‟s so that they can have the ownership. You see principle nobody is goner against it Mr Speaker, Mr Speaker, we can at times go to the we all trust it and we all believe in thy word. So commercial banks to borrow money but you those are the things. know what sir the practical of the terminology of Mr Speaker Sir, the new approach of financing is the very man who deposits which is this government that is mentioning the bottom the true lender of the $1. And so who is that up approach that‟s the only way out of this lender? If we can strengthen that to rural people nation of Solomon Islands. to make money and to invest it there he is the In directly Mr Speaker Sir, those are the true lender of that particular money to the indirect laborious of this nation, work for the Corporate Body. You see, money does not fall government so that they can increase the wealth down from air, no. We work for it. So we need of this government none other is the bottom up to strengthen that bottom up approach by giving approach, the bottom up approach. our rural people equal power and strengthen our The truth is that if we want to plant the people in the village to earn and invest more seed the fruit or whatever we take the seed and money then they will be the true lender the seed planting its goner be germinated that at themselves to enable them borrow money from the end of the day its grow it will bear fruit and the commercial banks. we may harvest it then we eat it and we enjoy it. I‟m glad the Minister of Finance is a You see those are the things that‟s the man of plenty of visions and he is going to whole mechanisms of the bottom up approach strengthen this bottom up approach. He had let the 80% of the population of Solomon already made the allocations for the rural Islands to be part and participate in the development in the financial institutes, which I economic development none other, none other believe there are many people who put in their way. applications in the banks. And the banks have You see poor people now in their right now now started to support and to lend our people some people are harvesting their cocoa some money. people are going out in the islands diving for Mr Speaker, sir I would like to tell the trochus shells and bechedemers. What have we Minister of Finance for his approval for to do for these people Mr Speaker? Let us reinsuring the country Solomon Islands. This is strengthen and find other means to improve and so that the Corporate Body get all the money to encourage them on how they can earn their paid through the premium to insure us and the income. Those are the real things we have been money be based in the Solomon Islands. I‟m talking about towards the bottom up approach. glad the Minister for Finance is here to take How we are going to manage their resources so action and I‟m looking forward for the Minister that they can get good earning from their own to reinsurance in the country. The pool of sweat. This is what the bottom up approach is all money needs to be strengthened. These are the about, making them to participate and by real things that our rural people need the most so participating can earn the $1. Mr Speaker, the that we can secure our own properties, secure mechanism part is that every Member knows the our own people for the sake of the guarantee responsibility that we have and sometimes we schemes taking the risks. We can take our own complain but nothing we can do because of the risks in here. But at the moment you know what responsibility he is going to be paying, he is …..so I look forward for another very important going to suffer but at the end of the day we are development in the country to establish and to corporate reinsurance in the country, Solomon up approach. How we can change our nation for Islands. I‟m sure our Law/Constitution under the future. the Insurance Act will enable us to establish that This is a new revelation Mr Speaker because I wonderful Corporate Body. Sure, our have so many visions and revelations. I feel this Government will support that one. This can then revelation is going to encourage the Member of be quickly catered for and to take our own risks, Parliament. This will be registered in the according to our own manageable know how to Parliament House for somebody to pick it up be catered in the country of Solomon Islands. In from Hansard to implement the Policy of the that way we will encourage and promote more Government. I want to register that. You know business men to involve in businesses Mr the outstanding island in my constituency, Speaker, sir. Mono. Mono Island is one of the best for the Mr Speaker sir, I want this dying hour of Free Zone, Duty Free Zone. You know what Mr Parliament to be alive, to talk on the reality and Speaker, Singapore. Singapore is a reclaimed the truth of practicality of how we can save this land but has the international airport. And we station. That is how I feel, sir. go there for transit. It is a small island as I said it Let me come to debate. This is my is a re-claimed land has the international airport second term in Parliament and at times while built on it. But for Mono Island it has centralized sitting down here, I ask myself a question. What the whole Region, Cairns, Japan, everywhere is can I say to the Parliament House? centralized. The island itself is being naturally Parliament House needs to be lively and real. built and beautiful. It has clear, crystallized When I see people finger pointing and saying water and is built high. Do you know what Mr words that is negative to each other I feel very Speaker sir; there is a saying by Napoleon Hill, emberaced I feel down. This House we “Think and Grow Rich” unquote. You see the supposed to promote a lot of positive words to island itself is very beautiful. It is a very change and go forward in Parliament, to have historical zone sir. The airport itself has two the business of the mind and the spirit so that ways traffic either you can land and can fly out future leaders can take up positive words that are at the same time. It was built by the ANZAC, registered in the Hansard report to carry forward New Zealand, Australia and USA, historical, over the census of this nation, Solomon Islands very, very historical. The airport itself is huge rather than we finger point on the three that will that it will bring fortune for this Island Nation, come back Mr Speaker. When we come here we Solomon Islands. I have registered it for 29 can say every word we want to say but one thing years. I want to see it happen. The Government I tell you Mr Speaker when we get out from here of the day, the Grand Coalition for Change will and go to our dinning lounges we become take the …. to see fit if we can implement that friends as one family. I want to register that in Duty Free Zone area. This will be at Balalae, the Hansard honorable members to continue. Mono Island where I come from. As I said it is We are here to express what we can think of a very, very historical island. Balalae is next to over that very spirit but when we get out from it. It takes only five or ten minutes to go by here just forget about the differences and plane to reach Mono Island. become one family. For we are one nation, Do you know the history of Balalae? Solomon Islands. I like it Mr Speaker sir, as a There were five hundred UK prisoners who built friend and family. that airport. This is a great advantage of their Let me take you Mr Speaker sir, for one relatives who will come as tourists to visit and to very important thing. I want to register that in bring in foreign currency to the country. the Hansard because it‟s traditional sine die motion and I want to register a Duty Free Zone. Mr Speaker: Point of order I‟ve suggested to I‟m glad the Minister of Finance is starting to forgo the interruption at 4.30pm under Standing smile and you know. Mr Speaker, duty free Order 10 (2) so that after the honorable Member zone. You see this is one area that we have to finishes I might adjourn Parliament under 10 (5). look for because we are talking about the bottom Hon. Taneko: Thank you Mr Speaker, for remember sir for those people who put their seed allowing me to continue with this very, very in one way or the other to say we support them important vision that I have. I‟m mentioning it to reveal. And sometimes we forget because it sir, not because I come from the Shortland is a blessing that have come through us. Constituency. I mention it because such I want sir to say thank you and development is got to be register so that acknowledge those donor partners who, one way someone can pick it up at the time that is ready or the other giving the local and our fellow to implement this Policy. That is what I am here partners as well. I think this is very important for. To voice out that vision and you see the for us leaders who have seen every effort to see island itself is huge and is more than the that is fitten well to help and rehabilitate our Singapore airport. It can be a best shopping people. And so I would like to acknowledge of centre, and foreigners and the locals can go and all their support Mr Speaker. And even the make their own department stores. You see Government of the day the Grand Coalition for we‟ve got to focus more. This is year 2007 and Change have contributed a lot and I would like in five years time we want to see those things to say thank you for supporting our people from happen. They will come and from there Mr the Western and Choiseul Provinces. Speaker we‟ve got Temotu and all the other Mr Speaker Sir for the bottom up beautiful islands there but again Mono is a very approach, I shall not talk too much on that. centralized island. You don‟t need to it is cost People out there the mechanism part of it the saving, is huge …even now is a huge world war people in there the all 50 constituency members, two airstrip make use of it sir. We make use of which I am looking forward to and if my people that development while we are here. I know to are listening at this hour those are the people that build a new airstrip; a new airport is going to they will be there to see it fit, analyze and be cost millions. For this it is giant two ways supportive. The only way is to support them so traffic. You can just rehabilitate it and have it that we can participate and share the things for the many months. together rather than just saying it well, it‟s fine, My Prime Minister is listening as I am it is your work. No! I think this is the only way expressing my vision. I want the Opposition to we can. I don‟t want to say much of that Mr be here listening but they have all gone out. Speaker sir but regarding the bottom up They say much but they are not listening to the approach I am looking forward for those things very vision that will change this Nation, to happen. Solomon Islands Mr Speaker sir. Five hundred I would also like to acknowledge sir prisoners of war that is on record who built while on this sine die motion the Balalae, with local people from Choiseul, and telecommunication. I‟m glad the the surrounding areas, which is rich in history. telecommunication after 29 years is in This will be the only one that let us to have the Shortlands now and I thank the Gizo …for direct flight to Japan. Japan …see their airline, approving their land and that is the only way. UK will come. They will get the flight from UK We have to open up our resources sir if we want maybe direct to Balalae. You never know. This to see changes happen in our country. Let‟s open is the only way Mr Speaker no doubt. And our up our resources because the resources are the Bible says, people without visions, perish. I‟m answer for tomorrow‟s changes. If we block it just expressing the visions so that we can to hold on those resources we will never change continue Mr Speaker sir. so I thank Telekom for establishing the new Let me acknowledge the Donor telecommunication centre/station and that will Partners. I would like to acknowledge the Donor be at Nila station. I‟m sure they are listening. I Partners sir for Western and Choiseul Tsunami. believe the Parishioners there, or the I know hey have done a lot. The question here representative, the Chairman will meet them this is let us see those good things that are supported coming week. They are coming to see the actual by our people, especially our people in here and place for Telekom to put the station. It will be I sympathize with them to what had happened to on internet and that will help us in seeing how them. That is part of life but one thing to things are going on in the world we live in Mr may God Bless you, your wives, children and all Speaker. our families together. As Minister for the new Lastly, Mr Speaker, I would like to Ministry, I want to appeal to my youths here thank all the Members of Parliament for their before I take my seat. This nation Solomon contribution, in Parliament. I would also like to Islands belongs to all the youths of the Nation of thank my Ministry, staff the hardworking Solomon Islands. Abide with the principle, Ministry. They have just completed the loving and caring neighbors, look after nation Corporate Plan so that we can implement the Solomon Islands so that we can be happy and Government Policies of every vision that is in enjoy for the betterment of the nations Solomon the Ministry. And so I would like to thank them. Islands. Currently, the Western and Choiseul I support the motion. Thank you, sir. Provinces for that Ministry hopefully I will join them on Monday and that is why my sharing Mr Speaker: Under Standing Order 10(2) I here for the very important motion because that adjourn Parliament until 9.30 am Monday 27th new Ministry is going forward. And I would to August. thank them, the hardworking staff of the effort. I would also like to thank all The House adjourned at 4.40 pm Government Ministries Mr Speaker sir, without the partnership, without the sharing in supporting the Government of the day; we will not see the changes of the Government of the day as to where we are now. For the new Ministries that are coming up after we passed the Bill I‟m looking forward to it sir. Mr Speaker I shall leave a word to confirm where the Government is. Much has been said so far and the Prime Minister has also said it here. It is from the book of Psalm 190 Mr Speaker, verse 1, 65 it says here, “Those who love your law are perfect security”. It is true by the word. We live by the word for every revelation that we receive. And for that command when we follow this Nation, Solomon Islands will be under the 100% security cover of the Almighty God, the Law binding all citizens based in Solomon Islands. I‟m glad that Leaders of our Government including the Prime Minister had mentioned it and that is a confirmation. I want to leave in Hansard so that this very important scenario is to confirm with the Supreme Law. Mr Speaker that is the very word. The best security that we can abide to live under referee is the Almighty supreme power of the word to abide with the word that is our law of the land. That will say of our constitution of the day. I wish you all good luck every Member of Parliament and
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