7 Apr 2008

MPs from Samoa in NZ to study parliamentary standing orders

10:24 am on 7 April 2008

The opposition Samoa Democratic United party leader, Asiata Sale'imoa Va'ai, is one of the five MPs studying New Zealand's Parliament standing orders this week.

The delegation is led by the speaker, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Lei'ataua, who is facing a court challenge from Asiata for alleged abuse of standing orders by the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

The SDUP leader has hopes the one week trip will minimize future mis-understandings and differences over the abuse of standing orders during parliamentary debates, especially in times of questions and answers.

However Asiata says his pending court action against the prime minister who is a member of the standing orders committee and the speaker for alleged breach of standing orders will go ahead.