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The Government through the Council of Ministers (COM) at its meeting of August 8, 2016, has agreed that Vanuatu will consider the introduction of personal and corporate income tax. This is confirmed by the COM Decision 143 of 2016, the Government announced today.

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Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Sato Kilman, says he has seen a copy of the Budget but it is not reflective of the Nation’s priorities and the Government’s policies and wants the Budget amended to cater for the needs of the country.

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The Acting Speaker of Parliament, Samson Samsen, confirmed to the Daily Post yesterday afternoon that he has responded to the request of the leaders and members of the Opposition Group in Parliament, asking for an urgent calling for Parliament to discuss the 2016 budget.

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A “Stay Order” sought by the Speaker of Parliament Marcellino Pipite, was granted by the Court subject to the appeal of other judgment dated June 24th 2015.

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The Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Trades, Commerce and Tourism, Moana Carcasses and his staff were seen during the weekend with rakes, knives, and grass-cutters cleaning the ministry compound and building at the George Pompidou Area.

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The Sanma Provincial Government Council (SPGC) will be bringing together stakeholders; government, Non-Government Organisations and civil society for the first time in a forum to discuss the future of Sanma.

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“We are happy to come and support a Government Programme that is in the best interest of the public today because we have been invited to attend and we are more than happy to be here to support such a positive programme.”

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Nagriamel Spokesman, Jeff Patunvanu, says the current wrangling of government and opposition MPs are a sad state of affairs and causing unmerited instability of the state due to alleged external influence for want of personal gain by the rich few power-hungry that have allegedly been sponsor…

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The Ministry of Agriculture has a new Directorate to house the Offices of the Director of Livestock, Director of Forests, Director of Fisheries and Director of Biosecurity in a once ‘write-off’ one storey Government building opposite Port Vila Child Care Centre.

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With an objective to explore an innovative way to reduce poverty through linking smaller agriculture to the tourism industry, regional and national key players in agriculture and tourism industry are coming together this whole week in Nadi, Fiji, for the Pacific Community Agritourism Week.

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Graon mo Jastis Pati (GJP) Councilor for Maewo in the Penama Provincial Government Council, Jackson Adin, has rejected news reports earlier this week suggesting that GJP was joining the united grouping of Vanua’aku Pati and National United Party to work together for the 2016 general election…

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The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has accepted the United Liberal Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as Observer in the regional organisation on the basis that it represents West Papuans living outside West Papua.

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The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Commerce and Industry, Moana Carcasses has become the first Minister in the new Sato Kilman-led Government to acknowledge the work of a former Minister in the former Natuman-led Government when he invited the former Minister of Agriculture, Li…

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Australia’s High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Jeremy Bruer, has reaffirmed the Government of Australia’s pledge to stand by Vanuatu in the country’s reconstruction stage following the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

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The Australian Governor–General, Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove will be visiting Vanuatu next week, from July 1 to 2, to pay tribute to the contributions of Australians involved in the Cyclone Pam recovery efforts.

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Rules of Etiquette instruct that talking about one’s salary to anyone but a spouse or a head hunter, someone hired by companies to find and recruit individuals who meet specific job requirements, is bad manners.

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In Vanuatu grapes are regarded as temperate crops, the photo shows a bunch of grapes on a grape vine, part of a cluster bearing heavily on a citrus tree which was sampled by passing government officials in Port Patrick, Aneityum last weekend. Grapes are not a normal sight in the local market…

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The Office of Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, in a statement alleged it is aware that certain Opposition Leaders are contacting certain private business people here in the country and asking them to donate funds towards coercing and securing Government backbenchers to vote against the Governmen…

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The new Lands Minister, Paul Telukluk, said one of the important matters for the Kilman-led Government to consider is for the expansion of the Port Vila township, because Port Vila town is becoming congested.

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Graon mo Jastis Pati (GJP) on Maewo has joined the Vanua’aku Pati (VP) and National United Party (NUP) on the island to work collaboratively as a united group towards the 2016 general election in Vanuatu.

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The Australian Government funded TVET (Technical and Vocational Education Training) sector strengthening program has commenced operation at its fourth centre in Tafea.

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The 20th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders’ Summit was held from 25 to 26 June, 2015 in Honiara, Solomon Islands; having commenced with the MSG Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) and Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (FMM), which were respectively held from 18 to 19, and 22 to 23 June.

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I have always been intrigued learning about the huge Indonesian monitor lizard called a komodo Dragon as a kid as it is the nearest thing to a dinosaur left in the world, so when the chance came to join some lucky Pacific island journalists to see the Komodo dragons in the wild, it was an op…

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Member of Parliament (MP) for Tanna, Richard Namel joined the Iauko Group yesterday, increasing the number of Government MPs to 29.

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Public Works Department (PWD) heads in all the six provinces were warned not to involve in “corrupt deals” or they will be disciplined.

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Robert Herd, the man allegedly deported by the Government of former Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, for alleged involvement in local politics is reported to be back in the country.

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Vanuatu’s position on West Papua application and other important regional issues will be known at the end of the MSG Summit, according to reliable sources within the Government.

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The Supreme Court Judgment handed down yesterday afternoon concerning the Constitutional Application filed by the Opposition ruled that the decision of the Speaker of Parliament to rule out the motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister Sato Kilman was invalid.

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The President of the Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs, Chief Senimao Tirsupe, appeals to the Vanuatu Government not to compromise its position at the Honiara MSG 20th Summit on the West Papua Application for full membership into the MSG but to support West Papua Application.

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Vanuatu woman activist, Anne Pakoa, of Tongoa, has been recognized and honored with the US State Department’s designation of the Women of Courage Award winner in Vanuatu for this year.

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Sunday, July 5 is special for all 400 congregations under the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV) from north to south.

  • By Len Garae
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The importance of animal health in Vanuatu has prompted the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to agree to fund the weeklong Vanuatu Animal Diseases Surveillance Training Workshop, which is facilitated by the Noumea-based South Pacific Community, at the Department of Forests opposite th…

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