2 Jun 2010

Ashika report unlikely up for debate in Tonga parliament

3:00 pm on 2 June 2010

Tonga's Legislative Assembly begins its June session tomorrow with the focus on the budget, but without any discussion expected on the report into the Princess Ashika disaster.

Our correspondent, Mateni Tapueluelu, reports there will be a lot of interest in how the government will raise revenue after having borrowed significantly.

He says the price of electricity is already on the rise and a number of schools are to be amalgamated to save costs.

Mr Tapueluelu says the Assembly is likely to do what it it did in its April session and again ignore the Ashika report.

He says even if the People's Representatives call for it to be debated, the Government can use its superior numbers to ensure there is no discussion.

"The Government can effectively just put that aside because they have the number to vote on that. It's expected that is exactly what will happen with any question concerning the Ashika recommendations from the commission. The Government will try to zero down on the upcoming election and the Budget."

Mateni Tapueluelu