Upper house – Jinkun http://jinkun.info/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 02:04:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://jinkun.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-72-150x150.png Upper house – Jinkun http://jinkun.info/ 32 32 JP Nadda to visit Tripura to formulate strategy for 2023 Assembly elections https://jinkun.info/jp-nadda-to-visit-tripura-to-formulate-strategy-for-2023-assembly-elections/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 00:45:00 +0000 https://jinkun.info/jp-nadda-to-visit-tripura-to-formulate-strategy-for-2023-assembly-elections/ NNA | Updated: August 11, 2022 06:15 STI New Delhi [India]Aug. 11 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Chairman JP Nadda will pay a two-day visit to Tripura from Aug. 27 to strategize for the 2023 assembly elections.Nadda will arrive in Agartala on August 27.According to the sources, Nadda will hold a meeting with party […]]]>



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New Delhi [India]Aug. 11 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Chairman JP Nadda will pay a two-day visit to Tripura from Aug. 27 to strategize for the 2023 assembly elections.
Nadda will arrive in Agartala on August 27.
According to the sources, Nadda will hold a meeting with party officials to decide the strategy regarding the assembly elections, which are to be held next year and will discuss the election strategy.
During his two-day visit, he may also hold a meeting of members of the party bureau and the central committee. BJP chairman may address rally in Agartala.
Recently, Chief Minister Manik Saha met with Nadda in New Delhi, during which the Chief Minister briefed him on the current political scenario and organizational activities of the state.
Earlier, Nadda canceled the state tour twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier on July 8, the Chief Minister was sworn in as a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Assembly constituency of Tripura.
The Chief Minister contested the Assembly by-vote in Bardowali town constituency and won the polls by a margin of 6,104 votes.
After stepping down as a Rajya Sabha MP, he won the seat of MP for 8-no Town Bordowali Assembly Constituency on June 23, 2022.
He is currently the 11th Chief Minister of Tripura.
In a sudden turn of events, Saha was sworn in as chief minister of Tripura on May 15 after the BJP decided on a leadership change in the state a year before assembly elections by replacing Biplab Kumar Deb by Saha as Chief Minister.
The Tripura unit of BJP leaders were surprised at the choice of Manik Saha as chief minister as he was elected to the single-seat Rajya Sabha just two months ago.
The 69-year-old was elected to the Rajya Sabha on April 3 in the biennial Upper House election.
The Bharatiya Janata Party is currently the largest party in the Rajya Sabha.
Saha is also the party leader in the state. Saha joined the BJP in 2016 after leaving Congress. He was appointed head of the state party in 2020 and elected to Rajya Sabha in March this year.
Elections in the state are scheduled to take place in March next year. (ANI)

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Chris Minns says Matt Kean has ‘a lot to answer’ as he blasts new Liberal MP amid Perrottet government political crisis https://jinkun.info/chris-minns-says-matt-kean-has-a-lot-to-answer-as-he-blasts-new-liberal-mp-amid-perrottet-government-political-crisis/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 09:36:14 +0000 https://jinkun.info/chris-minns-says-matt-kean-has-a-lot-to-answer-as-he-blasts-new-liberal-mp-amid-perrottet-government-political-crisis/ New South Wales Opposition Leader Chris Minns says new Liberal Party deputy leader Matt Kean has ‘a lot to answer to’ as the government wrestles with another political crisis . Mr Kean was elected unopposed on Tuesday following the resignation of former MP Stuart Ayres following the John Barilaro trading post scandal in New York. […]]]>

New South Wales Opposition Leader Chris Minns says new Liberal Party deputy leader Matt Kean has ‘a lot to answer to’ as the government wrestles with another political crisis .

Mr Kean was elected unopposed on Tuesday following the resignation of former MP Stuart Ayres following the John Barilaro trading post scandal in New York.

While Dominic Perrottet continues to deny the former Deputy Prime Minister’s appointment was an example of ‘jobs for the boys’, Mr Kean said he was ‘humbled’ to accept the leadership role.

But the state’s Labor leader wasted no time in slamming the treasurer’s powers as he also criticized the government over the New York Trade Post inquiry.

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Mr Minns criticized the Treasurer’s recent budget for massive spending amid record public debt.

“Matt Kean has a lot to answer for – he just presented the biggest spending budget in NSW history,” Mr Minns told Sky News Australia’s Chris Smith.

“He spent another $70 billion in June, we are already the highest taxed government of any jurisdiction in the country and the New South Wales government has racked up $183 billion in gross debt, which is the the highest number ever recorded by the state. seen.

“I just don’t think we can hear Mr. Kean or Mr. Perrottet say they are strong economic managers – the evidence clearly points in the opposite direction.”

The prime minister’s press conference with his new party MP was a brief respite from the Barilaro saga and the corresponding upper house investigation.

But Mr Perrottet was quickly grilled on Mr Barilaro’s testimony on Monday where he said the prime minister told him to “go for it” after indicating his desire to apply for the New York trade post.

Asked if he personally regretted his own role in the scandal, Mr Perrottet echoed Mr Barilaro’s statements on Monday.

“I think John said yesterday that he wished not to apply; obviously, if I had my time again, I would have asked him not to,” the premier said.

The opposition leader hit back at the government and said he had an “obligation to be candid” about Mr Barilaro’s appointment.

“At the end of the day, the government was trying to have its cake and eat it too,” Mr Minns said.

“There’s a real fundamental principle here and that’s that you can’t use jobs and taxpayer funds for personal political gain and you can’t offer an inducement to leave office.

“You have to be upfront with the taxpayers of this state and you can’t lift the veil on government decisions.

“Without this upper house investigation and the media asking questions, none of us would be the wiser and Mr. Barilaro would be in New York right now.”

The scandal erupted in mid-June when Mr Barilaro’s plum appointment as NSW’s Chief Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Americas was announced.

However, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade resigned on June 30 after it was revealed that former Deputy Secretary for Investment NSW Jenny West had initially been offered the job. post in August 2021.

Mr Barilaro told the inquest he applied for the job in January this year after it was reposted in December and got the job on May 23.

The former deputy prime minister dismissed claims he created the role for himself in 2019 and has since backed out of the process which he called a “s**tshow”.

Mr Barilaro is due to appear before the inquest again on Friday after a tense day on Monday where he described the process as his “personal hell”.

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Italy’s centre-left deals a blow as the centrist party leaves the electoral pact https://jinkun.info/italys-centre-left-deals-a-blow-as-the-centrist-party-leaves-the-electoral-pact/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 13:03:00 +0000 https://jinkun.info/italys-centre-left-deals-a-blow-as-the-centrist-party-leaves-the-electoral-pact/ By Federico Maccioni and Angelo Amante ROME (Reuters) – The leader of Italy’s centrist party Azione said on Sunday he would quit the centre-left electoral alliance he formed with the Democratic Party (PD) last week, dealing a blow to the chances of the coalition ahead of the September 25 election. . The green left federation […]]]>

By Federico Maccioni and Angelo Amante

ROME (Reuters) – The leader of Italy’s centrist party Azione said on Sunday he would quit the centre-left electoral alliance he formed with the Democratic Party (PD) last week, dealing a blow to the chances of the coalition ahead of the September 25 election. .

The green left federation and the centrist party Impegno Civico had agreed the day before to join the PD-led bloc, a move seen as strengthening a center-left already lagging behind its conservative rivals.

Polls show a Tory alliance is poised to win next month’s election, with the far-right Brotherhood of Italy set to be the largest single party. Italian electoral law favors parties that form broad alliances.

Azione leader Carlo Calenda said he told PD leaders his party would leave the deal, citing the presence of parties that voted against former Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government as the one of the reasons.

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The September vote was called following the collapse of Draghi’s unity government last month after three main partners rejected a confidence vote he had called in an attempt to end divisions. Draghi resigned but remained acting prime minister.

“It was the most painful decision of my life,” Calenda told state broadcaster Rai Tre.

PD leader Enrico Letta tweeted: “I listened to Carlo Calenda. From everything he said, it seems to me that the only possible ally for Calenda is Calenda (himself).”

Azione had agreed to team up with the PD, the center-left’s biggest party, in a bid to catch up with the conservatives. He pledged to stick to Draghi’s foreign policy of supporting Ukraine and achieving the goals required to access billions of euros in European Union funding.

The centrist party and its ally +Europa obtain around 5 to 7% in the polls. Earlier on Sunday, +Europa expressed its strong approval of the pact with the PD and it is still unclear what the small group would do after the Calenda move.

(Reporting by Federico Maccioni and Angelo Amante, editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Mark Heinrich)

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Climate Bill for 43% reduction in emissions by 2030 passes Australia’s lower house https://jinkun.info/climate-bill-for-43-reduction-in-emissions-by-2030-passes-australias-lower-house/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 07:46:01 +0000 https://jinkun.info/climate-bill-for-43-reduction-in-emissions-by-2030-passes-australias-lower-house/ Australia’s federal government has passed its Climate Bill, including a 43% emissions reduction target, through the lower house. It passed 89 to 55 with the support of the Greens, Teal Independents and Tasmanian Liberal MP Bridget Archer after a number of minor amendments. The legislation sets a target of 43% reduction in carbon emissions from […]]]>

Australia’s federal government has passed its Climate Bill, including a 43% emissions reduction target, through the lower house.

It passed 89 to 55 with the support of the Greens, Teal Independents and Tasmanian Liberal MP Bridget Archer after a number of minor amendments.

The legislation sets a target of 43% reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050.

“This is the fulfillment of a fundamental promise we made in the election,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told reporters on August 4. program that we submitted to the elections, that it was adopted by parliament.

Independent MP “Teal” Zali Steggall said the next step would be the phasing out of oil, coal and gas.

An amendment to halt all new oil, coal and gas projects, proposed by Greens party leader Adam Bandt, was defeated.

He also voted against the amendment to further raise the emissions reduction target to 75% by 2030 and net zero by 2035, proposed by the Greens and Teal Independent MP Andrew Wilkie.

Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen said the vote signaled that Parliament was stopping thinking about whether to cut emissions and starting to work on how to cut emissions.

“Renewables are the cheapest form of energy, renewables are the key to reducing emissions and seizing the jobs opportunity that is the climate emergency,” he told parliament.

The prime minister noted that all coalition members except Archer opposed the bill and implored coalition senators to ‘change their minds’ when the bill is introduced in the upper house.

Chris Bowen, Labor Party’s Minister for Energy and Climate Change, speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, June 16, 2022. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Opposition backs nuclear

Meanwhile, coalition leader Peter Dutton has opened the door for the Liberal-National coalition to put nuclear power on the table as a policy of the future.

He said renewable energy sources play a role in Australia’s energy mix and must be balanced by investment in dispatchable power generators.

Based on current trends, around 60% of Australia’s coal-fired generators would be shut down by 2030, potentially leaving households and businesses vulnerable to blackouts, Dutton said.

“The current energy crisis has shown the importance of having more dispatchable energy in the grid,” he said in a statement.

Bowen said the opposition, by giving the green light to nuclear, was supporting “the most expensive form of energy”.

“We have a cost of living crisis, energy prices are exploding and what [the opposition’s] big bright idea? Let’s have the most expensive form of energy we can think of,” he said.

Daniel Y. Teng contributed to this report.

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FM Sitharaman says the rupiah has not collapsed https://jinkun.info/fm-sitharaman-says-the-rupiah-has-not-collapsed/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 08:59:37 +0000 https://jinkun.info/fm-sitharaman-says-the-rupiah-has-not-collapsed/ Rupee performing better than its peers: FM Sitharaman says the rupiah has not collapsed New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday defended the Indian rupee’s recent decline against the US dollar saying the currency has not collapsed and swings at record highs are more motivated by the dollar. FM said the Rupee’s performance […]]]>

Rupee performing better than its peers: FM Sitharaman says the rupiah has not collapsed

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday defended the Indian rupee’s recent decline against the US dollar saying the currency has not collapsed and swings at record highs are more motivated by the dollar. FM said the Rupee’s performance is better than its peer currencies.
FM Sitharaman further added that the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are finding ways to increase inflows into the country. “The ways in which we want to enhance the inflow of foreign currency into India are very many and RBI and the ministry are quite committed to it,” the finance minister told the upper house of parliament in response to a question from a legislator.

Explaining that the RBI’s interventions are not so much aimed at fixing the value of the Indian rupee as it is free to find its own course, Sitharaman shared that the central bank intervened to shore up the rupee by selling dollars in the market. spot and forward. .

“There are discussions between the government and the RBI to see how we can set up different similar schemes through which we can attract foreign remittances directly,” the minister said. The RBI continuously monitors the rupee and only intervenes when there is volatility.

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The rupee crosses the 80 mark against the dollar

The rupiah broke through the psychological 80 mark on July 19 for the very first time. This drop in the rupiah and other Asian currencies is largely due to the underlying strength of the US dollar and outflows from foreign portfolio investment (REIT) stocks.

Recently, the Center listed a host of reasons why the rupee has reached historic lows in recent months. These include economic disruption related to Covid-19, US-China trade war, soaring crude oil prices, Russian-Ukrainian war.

Currencies like the British pound, the Japanese yen and the euro have weakened more than the Indian rupee against the US dollar and as a result, the Indian rupee has strengthened against these currencies in 2022, had said the government.

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NPCC supports agreements between Indian government and negotiating teams https://jinkun.info/npcc-supports-agreements-between-indian-government-and-negotiating-teams/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 16:20:44 +0000 https://jinkun.info/npcc-supports-agreements-between-indian-government-and-negotiating-teams/ Dimapur, July 31 (EMN): The Nagaland Pradesh Congressional Committee (NPCC) said on Sunday it supported settling agreements between the Indian government and the negotiating teams. NPCC Chairman K Therie said he appreciated the July 16 resolution taken by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) parliamentary committee because “the people’s representatives have finally understood the aspirations of […]]]>

Dimapur, July 31 (EMN): The Nagaland Pradesh Congressional Committee (NPCC) said on Sunday it supported settling agreements between the Indian government and the negotiating teams.

NPCC Chairman K Therie said he appreciated the July 16 resolution taken by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) parliamentary committee because “the people’s representatives have finally understood the aspirations of the stakeholders”.

However, he said it was “surprising” that neither the central committee nor the allied partners had gone to Delhi to submit the resolution.

“In my view, the settlement of the agreements will benefit both Nagaland and Nagas outside of Nagaland. For Nagaland, the political structures would be improved through the delineation of RS, LS, State Assembly and establishment of the Upper House,” he said.


He said the Nagas outside of Nagaland would have been granted self-governing Territorial Councils under Annex VI with direct funding in the manner of the States and UTs through the allocation of the Finance Commission.

“To this effect, the Constitution was amended giving mandate to the Finance Commission (CF) to recommend the decentralization of funds in 2019. The amendment also transferred 30 departments to councils sharing the powers of the State. A resettlement program for all Naga national workers and an economic package for development were also in the pipeline,” he added.

“For the above reasons, Congress has decided to support the agreements. It is surely an improvement. It is sad that we are once again missing the opportunity and this time the roadblock to colonization is the people’s government,” he added.

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Offering votes draws politicians into the orbit of the Unification Church https://jinkun.info/offering-votes-draws-politicians-into-the-orbit-of-the-unification-church/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 09:51:00 +0000 https://jinkun.info/offering-votes-draws-politicians-into-the-orbit-of-the-unification-church/ Less than a month before the July 10 Upper House election, a meeting attended by a full house of Diet members and aides with ulterior motives was held in Nagatacho district. in Tokyo. Hosting the meeting was an association of Diet members, mostly those who belong to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. The association’s name […]]]>

Less than a month before the July 10 Upper House election, a meeting attended by a full house of Diet members and aides with ulterior motives was held in Nagatacho district. in Tokyo.

Hosting the meeting was an association of Diet members, mostly those who belong to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. The association’s name suggests that its theme is “Japan and World Peace”.

But the group is believed to be linked to the Unification Church.

With a crucial election coming up, the church was seen by some as offering a chance to secure more votes at the polls.

A person connected to the association joined in anticipation of receiving additional votes from church members to add to basic support.

“That may only be several hundred votes in a single-seat constituency in the Lower House election,” the person said. “Still, I want them.”

The meeting was held on June 13 at the lower house members’ office building in Chiyoda ward.

One participant, a LDP lawmaker, said the advisory group had ties to the Unification Church, officially known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification.

In fact, a senior official from the Universal Peace Federation, a church friendship organization, was a speaker at the meeting.

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The Unification Church recently made headlines following the July 8 assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Nara. The man suspected of shooting Abe had a strong resentment against the religious group as he blamed his mother’s large donations for causing financial harm to his family.

Now the LDP lawmaker has said: ‘I attended the meeting thinking the meeting was about international trade. I was naive about this.

An aide to a lawmaker who attended the meeting said, “Someone related to the lawmaker’s supporters group asked us to attend the meeting. We weren’t really sure if the association was connected to the church before we participated.

A list of candidates for members of the board of directors of the association was distributed to the participants of the meeting.

And the list included the names of veteran LDP lawmakers, according to participants.

Participants were also asked to complete a survey during the meeting.

“Please note the names of politicians who want the support of the World Peace Federation in the prefectural constituency of the upcoming Upper House election.”

The World Peace Federation is another friendship organization of the church.

The association was created in June 2021.

Lawmakers and other members of the association said they joined because “having a connection to the church has advantages for elections.”

A mid-level legislator linked to the association said, “I have received help from members of the friendship organizations in the church, for example in making phone calls.”

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Shigeharu Aoyama, an LDP member in the Upper House, wrote on his blog in mid-July of an incident that occurred while the party was conducting the process of approving candidates for the Upper House election.

Aoyama was told by a party faction leader, “As for lawmakers who can only win with the votes of industry groups, we can award them the votes of the Unification Church, if the church approves of it.”

The episode indicates a possibility that a PLD kingmaker distributed the votes of church members to candidates who needed them.

An aide to a PLD lawmaker also said a person linked to the church once proposed, “Can I share my votes with you?”

In return, the person asked the legislator to send a message to an event organized by a church friendship organization.

The lawmaker strongly rejected the request, the aide said.

“I think the church is looking for a stamp of approval that it has a strong connection with members of the Diet,” the aide said.

The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification told the Asahi Shimbun, “We as a religious society are not involved in political activities.”

He said the church was “unaware” of electoral cooperation and vote allocation.

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Arrival of a Japanese delegation with a defense program https://jinkun.info/arrival-of-a-japanese-delegation-with-a-defense-program/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://jinkun.info/arrival-of-a-japanese-delegation-with-a-defense-program/ HONORARY HEAD: Delegation to meet President Tsai Ing-wen and other officials, pay respects at former President Lee Teng-hui’s grave A Japanese parliamentary delegation led by former Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba arrived in Taiwan yesterday. Speaking to reporters upon arrival at Taipei International Airport (Songshan Airport), Ishiba said the delegation would hold talks with Taiwanese […]]]>

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A Japanese parliamentary delegation led by former Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba arrived in Taiwan yesterday.

Speaking to reporters upon arrival at Taipei International Airport (Songshan Airport), Ishiba said the delegation would hold talks with Taiwanese officials on regional security issues.

The visit should last until Saturday. Three Japanese lawmakers who were part of the delegation had to drop out after testing positive for COVID-19.

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The four-person delegation will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Vice President William Lai (賴清德), ​​Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and other senior government officials, the official said. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

They will also visit the Executive Yuan, Legislative Yuan, Ministry of National Defense and local think tanks to exchange views with officials and scholars on Taiwan-Japan security issues, he added. .

Delegation members would also visit Wuzhi Mountain Military Cemetery in New Taipei City to pay their respects to former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝). Lee, Taiwan’s first popularly elected president, who died in 2020 at the age of 97, was fluent in Japanese and known for his pro-Japanese views.

The delegation also includes former Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, former Japanese Deputy Defense Minister Akihisa Nakashima and Takayuki Shimizu.

Ishiba, Hamada and Nakashima are members of the Lower House of Representatives, while Shimizu is a member of the Upper House of Councillors.

They are members of a Japanese parliamentary association on security issues established by Ishiba and Hamada in November 2019, the foreign ministry said.

Ishiba, 65, of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, ran for party president in 2012 but lost to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Kuo Yu-jen (郭育仁), executive director of the National Policy Research Institute and an expert on Japanese affairs, told the Central News Agency (CNA) that it is the highest Japanese delegation to visit Taiwan since the diplomatic rift between the two countries. links in 1972.

The visit comes as the Japanese government prepares to release three defense documents by the end of this year, Kuo said, adding that the trip is likely for lawmakers to assess the situation in Taiwan.

Another Japanese expert, Wang Tsun-yen (王尊彥) of the National Defense and Security Research Institute, told the ANC that Japan had called Taiwan “an extremely important partner” in its annual white paper on defense published last week, which has a significant impact. broader coverage of the Taiwan issue than last year’s document.

This shows that Tokyo has recognized Taipei’s strategic position relative to Japan and puts more emphasis on Taiwan’s security, Wang said.

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New state parliament laws aim to crack down on political donations https://jinkun.info/new-state-parliament-laws-aim-to-crack-down-on-political-donations/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://jinkun.info/new-state-parliament-laws-aim-to-crack-down-on-political-donations/ Political parties would be required to disclose donations within a month of receiving them – shrinking to a week during election campaigns – under new laws set for the state parliament. Electoral Affairs Minister John Quigley has secured Cabinet approval for a new package of reforms aimed at making campaign finance more transparent. Under the […]]]>

Political parties would be required to disclose donations within a month of receiving them – shrinking to a week during election campaigns – under new laws set for the state parliament.

Electoral Affairs Minister John Quigley has secured Cabinet approval for a new package of reforms aimed at making campaign finance more transparent.

Under the current regime, parties must disclose donors once a year.

A spokesperson for Mr Quigley said the changes were a campaign promise.

“In line with our electoral commitment, the government is working to introduce a new tranche of amendments to the electoral law during this term,” the spokesperson said.

Camera iconJohn Quigley, Minister for Electoral Affairs. Credit: Ross Swanborough/western australia

“This will include things like improving disclosure laws to ensure faster disclosure of donations, among other things.”

The new laws were drafted after the McGowan government’s initial campaign reform package failed to pass the Legislative Council before the last state election.

The government did not have the numbers in the Upper House to pass the Election Amendment Bill 2020, which was sent to committee.

The bill, which sought to cap third-party funding, was introduced amid fears that Clive Palmer would buy an election with his unprecedented publicity blitz.

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Upper house awaits VP for months as parties show lack of interest in electing one https://jinkun.info/upper-house-awaits-vp-for-months-as-parties-show-lack-of-interest-in-electing-one/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 01:26:31 +0000 https://jinkun.info/upper-house-awaits-vp-for-months-as-parties-show-lack-of-interest-in-electing-one/ After leaving the post vacant for two and a half years, the political parties agreed last week to elect the vice president. Nepalese Congress legislator Pushpa Bhusal was elected to the post as the joint candidate of the ruling five-party coalition. She also won votes from the Loktantrik Samajbadi party to defeat CPN-UML’s Bidya Bhattarai. […]]]>

After leaving the post vacant for two and a half years, the political parties agreed last week to elect the vice president. Nepalese Congress legislator Pushpa Bhusal was elected to the post as the joint candidate of the ruling five-party coalition. She also won votes from the Loktantrik Samajbadi party to defeat CPN-UML’s Bidya Bhattarai.

However, political leaders have not shown the same interest in electing the deputy speaker of the National Assembly, a post that has been vacant for four and a half months, since March 5, when Shashi Kala Dahal retired in the end of his four years. year of office. Officials say Ganesh Timilsina, speaker of the National Assembly, has drawn the attention of parties not to delay the election of the vice president.

Timilsina repeatedly raised the issue at the Business Advisory Committee meeting and urged all-party leaders to elect the vice president, Rajendra Phuyal, secretary of the National Assembly, told the Post. “However, the parties did not specify when they planned to elect the vice president.”

Article 92 of the Constitution of Nepal stipulates that the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly are elected within 15 days of the start of its first meeting. However, it does not say when the election should be held if the positions become vacant in the meantime. Legislators from the ruling parties in the upper house say they raised the issue with their party leadership.

“A month ago, I had told our party chairman and prime minister that the post of vice-president should not remain vacant for long,” Anita Devkota, Nepali Congress Whip in the National Assembly, told the Post. . “He [Sher Bahadur Deuba] assured me that the parties in power would come to a conclusion after holding discussions. However, I have no information on when the position will be filled.

The constitution stipulates that the president and vice president are elected from different genders. Unlike the House of Representatives, however, the constitution does not prevent both positions from being elected by the same party. Article 92 (2) of the Constitution stipulates that there must be a woman among the presidents and vice-presidents of the National Assembly.

UML’s Timilsina currently chairs the upper house. As Dahal, who retired as vice president, was from the Maoist Centre, the party will claim the post. Gopi Sarki Achhami, the Maoist Centre’s whip, said he had repeatedly drawn the attention of his party’s chairman, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, to ensure that the post of vice-chairman was filled quickly.

“Just a few days ago, I urged him to speak to the prime minister and quickly come to a conclusion,” Achhami told the Post. “He assured that the election for the position will take place very soon.”

Achhami said that since Bhusal of the Congress is a consensus candidate for the vice-president in the lower house of the five ruling parties, there will be a joint candidate from the Maoist Center for the post of vice-president. He said one among Urmila Aryal, Ganga Belbase and Bina Pokharel will become Vice President.

Lawmakers say the post of vice president should not remain vacant because it is a constitutional post and important in terms of inclusion. “The constitution stipulates that the president or vice president must be a woman to ensure inclusion in the leadership of the Assembly,” Khim Lal Bhattarai, a member of the National Assembly and an expert on federal affairs, told the Post. “However, our parties are less concerned about this issue.”

Article 92 (4) of the constitution stipulates that the vice-president presides over the assembly in the absence of its president. The Vice-President may also start or end the meeting of the Assembly if the President allows it or if he cannot be present due to certain circumstances, in accordance with the regulations of the National Assembly.

The president has the legal power to announce the date and time of the election of the vice president. The secretary general of the secretariat of the parliament publishes the timetable for the ballot decided by the president.

Phuyal, however, cited the practice of conducting the business of the Assembly as decided by the Business Advisory Committee.

“However, the president has made it clear that he cannot wait too long,” Phuyal said. “He informed the parties that he would unilaterally announce the date and time if they did not agree on the election by the first week of August.”

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