Page 64 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 13 December 2016

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Questions on notice

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: I wish to inform members of new arrangements that are in place for the lodgement and publication of questions on notice in the Ninth Assembly.

In previous Assemblies, questions on notice lodged with the Clerk by noon were published on the next notice paper. While this worked perfectly well on most sitting days, it often meant that questions lodged on the Thursday of a sitting week did not appear on the notice paper until weeks, sometimes months, later. To address this, the Chamber Support Office will now produce a separate questions on notice paper on the Friday of a sitting week containing all of the questions on notice that have been lodged that week. Members will have until 5 o’clock on Thursday to lodge questions for inclusion on the questions on notice paper, although members are encouraged to lodge them earlier in the week. They are also encouraged to lodge them electronically and in paper form.

Notice papers produced on sitting days will contain a list of all unanswered questions.

Death of Hon Teatao Teannaki, Speaker of Parliament of Kiribati

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Members will be aware of the close relationship this Assembly has with the Parliament of Kiribati under the CPA twinning arrangements. It is with sadness that I inform members of the death in October this year of the Speaker of the Parliament of Kiribati, the Hon Teatao Teannaki.

Mr Teannaki was a long-term servant of the people of Kiribati. Upon the granting of self-government in 1979, he was the first deputy president of that nation, serving in the position until 1991, when he became President of Kiribati. He was president from 1991 until 1994. Following the general elections in 2015, Mr Teannaki was elected Speaker of the parliament in February this year.

I am sure all members will join me in extending our condolences to Mr Teannaki’s family and the Parliament of Kiribati.

I table the following paper, a copy of the letter from Mrs Dunne to the Kiribati parliament:

Death of the Hon Teatao Teannaki, Speaker of the Parliament of Kiribati—Copy of letter from the Speaker to the Clerk of the Kiribati Parliament, dated 14 October 2016.

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