8 Apr 2008

Nauru Government says Court has ruled that Speaker acted unconstitutionally

10:03 am on 8 April 2008

The Nauru Government says a ruling by Chief Justice Robin Millhouse goes a long towards bridging a gap in the country's system of governance.

Foreign and Finance Minister, Dr Kieren Keke, says the decision to rule that a controversial sitting of Parliament two weekends ago was illegal clearly establishes that Parliament is not above the law.

The Speaker, Opposition MP David Adeang, had controversially called a meeting on Easter Saturday night, which was not attended by Government MPs and where far reaching changes to the Citizenship Act were made.

Mr Adeang has maintained he as Speaker can determine whether there is a quorum or not, but Dr Keke says Justice Millhouse dismissed this.

"And he actually went much further than that, and in that decision found that an earlier decision of the Supreme Court of Nauru was incorrect in that he felt it was the duty of the court to ensure that constitutionally provided rules are adhered to and one of them is that quorum is mandatory."