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THE Legislative Assembly today appointed a nine member Parliamentary Select Committee to look into a motion for an order from government to dismiss the Auditor General, Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa.

Three representatives from the government include the Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu, Justice Minister Clive Edwards and the Agricultural Forestry and Fisheries Minister Lord Vaea.

Other members from the People’s Representatives includes the Tongatapu 1, 3 and 5 constituency MPs ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Dr. Sitiveni Halapua and ‘Aisake Eke.

The Noble Representatives are represented by Lord Tu’I’afitu, Lord Tu’ilakepa and Lord Tu’iha’ateiho.

Each table is to choose a substitute member.

The announcement came when the Whole House Committee also unanimously approved the terms of reference for the Select Committee to work on.

This includes a motion from government to dismiss the Auditor General for bad behaviour, making insulting comments against the New Zealand government as well as breaching government’s Public Finance Management and Public Audit Acts.

In addressing Parliament, Chairman of the Whole House Committee Siosifa Tu’utafaiva said the Select Committee will look at the allegations made against the Auditor General and also the responses from Mr. Tu’i’onetoa him where they will verify its authenticity.

“For the Committee to limit itself to the scope as dictated by the papers already submitted with the Motion for an Order and the letter of reply from the Auditor General and it adopt this terms of reference in the spirit of the “reconciliation,” according to Siosifa Tu’utafaiva.

The appointment of the members came on the fifth day of the House’s sitting for 2012.

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