- News : Duke of Sussex sips Fiji national drink to cheers from locals [23/10/2018 - Fiji]
- News : Major breach of Fijian protocol in welcome ceremony [23/10/2018 - Fiji]
- News : PNG Court rejects Manus refugees case [23/10/2018 - Papua New Guinea]
- News : Human Rights body issues warning prior to New Caledonia vote [23/10/2018 - New Caledonia]
- News : NZDF completes Pacific fisheries patrol [23/10/2018 - Fiji]
- Sports News : Pacific Games athletes to stay in hotels, Total athlete numbers still unconfirmed [22/10/2018 - Samoa]
- Business News : IFC to issue Papua New Guinea’s first AAA-rated domestic bond to deepen financial markets [22/10/2018 - Papua New Guinea]
- News : PNGDF denies plans of Naval base [22/10/2018 - Papua New Guinea]
- Business News : 100 Samoan Seasonal workers get their chance to work in NZ [22/10/2018 - Samoa]
- News : Japan may consider visa waiver for Pacific Island nations [22/10/2018 - Japan]
- News : Winston Peters cautious about taking refugees from Nauru in light of possible law [22/10/2018 - New Zealand]
- News Feature : Maohi support for Kanak independence struggle [22/10/2018 - New Caledonia]
- Sponsored : Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC)
Australia has committed to fund a new legislative assembly office as part of Samoa's new Parliament House Project.
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julia Bishop announced the funding as an addition to the money Australia has already committed to building the new parliament building.
The amount of new funding for the Legislative Branch Office infrastructure for staff and Members of Parliament was not revealed by Bishop but she reiterated her government’s stand to fund the Parliament Project as a simply of defending democracy.
“The reason Australia agreed to support an infrastructure like this is because we believe democracy matters.
“And we believe that democratic institutions needed to be defended, promoted and protected.
“The rule of law in a democratic society must also be upheld.
“So this building is the symbol of accountability and transparency of high levels of governance of Members of Parliament putting the interests of people above their own interests.
“And that’s why we support the funding of the Parliament House.”
Announcing the additional funding for the Legislature Office facilities, Bishop noted that it is an example of Australia’s long standing and enduring commitment to Samoa.
“Our relationship will endure because we are reliable partners, we are trusted friends and we are family.”
She concluded by reiterating that;
“The Parliament House will stand as a simple of Australia’s deep and enduring engagement with Samoa, our love and affection for the people of Samoa.
“Long may Australia and Samoa be the closet and dearest of friends,” she said.
SOURCE: SAMOA GOVT/PACNEWS
Pacific Islands News Association
Who & What is PINA?
International News Safety Institute (INSI)
Media Helping Media