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Speaker cautions lawmakers to show more respect

By Douglas Marau HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Dec. 22, 2011) – In the Solomons, Speaker of Parliament Sir Allan Kemakeza has cautioned Members of Parliament (MPs) to turn off their mobile phones during Parliament sessions.

This was after an occurrence yesterday when Parliament was disturbed whilst MP for West Are’Are John Maneniaru was speaking during a special motion moved by Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo.

Whilst, Mr Maneniaru was speaking he was interrupted by the sound of mobile phones ringing.

This happened several times which clearly brought disappointment to the Speaker.

"I urge MPs to respect the House and turn their mobile phones off when Parliament is in progress," the Speaker Sir Allan advised the House after the MP for West Are’Are resumed his seat.

Meanwhile, the Speaker has also advised MPs to respect one another when they are speaking in Parliament.

He said it is becoming a concern when an MP speaks in Parliament; other MPs make unnecessary noises and comments which are disrespectful.

This is also opposing to Standing Orders of the National Parliament Part I 37 (d) which states that ‘while a Member is speaking all other Members shall be silent and shall not make unseemly interruptions.’

"I urge Members to respect one another while speaking in Parliament," the Speaker said.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo yesterday also moved a motion for the special adjournment as Parliament went into recess for the festive season.

Parliament will resume on January 12 next year when it is expected to debate the 2012 Budget.

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