14 Nov 2014

Vanuatu government to table budget Monday

3:12 pm on 14 November 2014

The Vanuatu government of Joe Natuman will next week seek approval for a budget of more than 17 billion vatu, or 166 million US dollars.

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Photo: RNZ / Walter Zweifel

It will be one of 21 government bills that are expected to be debated when the next session begins on Monday.

Another key item to be debated is an increase in allocations for MPs.

Currently each MP gets just under 10,000 US dollars a year and the proposal is to double this.

Our correspondent reports MPs have complained that they are yet to receive copies of the various bills to be debated.

The opposition says it is important for the 52 MPs to get the bills in plenty of time, especially the appropriation bill so they know how government will pay for services in the coming year.