New Budget in Parliament in March

Solomon Islands Government will not have a budget until March when the 10th Parliament will approve the 2015 Budget. What this means is the government will meet its expenses from   approved funds under a Parliamentary resolution in Section 103 (1) of the Constitution. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare had to ask Parliament’s approval to spend state…

NGOs tell PM to include them in talks

The umbrella body of Solomon Islands Non-Government Organisations, Development Services Exchange, has told the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare to include them in discussions. Secretary General of the Development Services Exchange, Nancy Jolo made the call following Mr Sogavare’s assurance that his government will work together with partners including NGOs and Civil Society when addressing the…

Ausaid cuts interrupt projects

The Australian Government aid cuts have interrupted Solomon Islands sanitation and health programs. Australia’s Greens has said to have village projects halted half way through completion is wrong, and has left many Australians ashamed about how the government is operating. Greens party spokesperson on aid, Senator Lee Rhiannon says more aid cuts announced by Canberra…

Plan to move motion ‘open’

The Parliamentary opposition group has indicated their open plan to move a motion of no confidence in the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government. An insider revealed that it is not confirmed, but it remains open, the plan to move the motion after the passage of the national budget in the March sitting. “The office…

Police boss spells out priority focus

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) will be focusing more on alcohol-related issues this year. Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast during last week’s media conference said tackling alcohol-related crimes including family violence are important and will be under police microscope this year. “Police records have indicated a surge in the number of such crimes towards…