11 March 2013
IT is vital for the Chairperson of the Whole House Committee of the
Legislative Assembly to be impartial when carrying out its duties.
This is according to ‘Eua MP Constituency, Sunia Fili who takes up
his new post as the new Chairperson of the Whole House Committee today.
Sunia Fili replaces Hon. Siosifa Tu'utafaiva who recently takes up
new Cabinet portfolio as Minister of Police and Inland Revenue Services.
Speaking to Parliament News today, he says a Chairperson of the
Committee plays a crucial role in moderating the House's deliberation.
He also noted the need for Members to be more efficient.
"MPs are being urged to use time wisely and to deliberate on issues
for the best interest of the people. This is among many concerns raised
by the people.
This is also the King's wishes for MPs to use the allocated time
provided wisely to discuss matters and issues for the betterment of the
people," said the new Chairperson of the Whole House.
As a member of Parliament for 15 years, Sunia is excited to take up this new job.
He also pointed out that it's significant when executing the duty is to perform according to the House's Standing Orders.
He is also elated to become the new Chair as it is important to have experience with different aspects of the legislative work.
The Committee of the Whole House is where the robust debate, scrutiny
of bills and discussion of important national matter takes place.
Issued by the: Tongan Parliament, Nuku'alofa, 2013