3 Jul 2009

Samoa Tautua Party restates policies after missing budget debate

2:10 pm on 3 July 2009

Samoa's Tautua Party has expressed its policy differences after being unable to attend the budget vote.

The nine MPs forming the party were evicted from parliament for allegedly breaching the Electoral Act but the Supreme Court has now quashed the speaker's decision.

The party's interim leader, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, says as a result the budget was passed without opposition.

Lealailepule says the cuts to health and education spending are alarming.

"Well the budget has already been passed. But we will inform the country through our press conferences over the weeks from now on until August, informing them. We are also going to recommend to the government to reconsider some of the options they put into the budget to see if they considered priorities and prioritise the needs of the people."

Lealailepule says he believes the rising crime rate in Samoa is related to government cuts in education spending.