THE Legislative Assembly in a special sitting conducted under urgency on 23 June 2011 at 4:15 pm, has resolved to establish a special parliamentary select committee to inquiry into the possibility of lifting the current ineligibility ban on some former players of the Tongan rugby team to be considered for selection. In other words, the committee will consider whether these former players should be made available for selection, if required by the selectors or the coach. The committee’s core mandate will be to hold discussions with relevant members of the Tongan Rugby governing committee.
All 19 members present at the special parliamentary sitting voted favourably for the motion. The motion was made by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Samiu Vaipulu that stemmed from a petition tabled in the House and after a special request was made for the petition to be discussed during budget deliberations.
Members of the Committee are the Minister of Employment, Youth and Sports, Hon. Fe’ao Vakata, Minister of Labour and Commerce, Hon. Lisiate ‘Akolo, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Lord Lasike, Nobles No.1 Representative for Ha’apai, Lord Fakafanua, and Peoples Representative’s for Tongatapu 8 and 10, Sione Havea Taione and Semisi Tapueluelu.