10 Apr 2008

Visiting Samoa Parliamentarians not impressed by unruly New Zealand Questiontime

7:43 pm on 10 April 2008

Samoa Parliamentarians say a New Zealand style question time is unlikely in Samoa.

The Samoa standing orders committee has been in Wellington this week to observe the process in the New Zealand parliament.

The speaker, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua, who is also the committee chairman says he is encouraging MPs in Samoa to make more of question time.

But he says it would be a different style to New Zealand where he says the behaviour of MPs during questiontime is unruly.

"In our situation in Samoa, the house of Parliament is the house of chiefs and orators and it should stay that way, instead of name calling, shouting and accusing the Ministers from the Opposition side or the Government side, accusing the Opposition of making up things."