Bills before Parliament

Bills are draft acts of Parliament which are introduced into the house for discussion. A law begins its life as a Bill. This is a proposal for a new Act of Parliament. However before a Bill can become an Act it must pass through several stages in the Parliament. As it passes through Parliament a Bill can be amended during the Committee stages.All actions taken by a government must always be lawful in terms of the Constitution. That means that no Bill can be in conflict with what is in the Constitution. The only exception to this is a Bill to amend the Constitution.

There are two main types of Bills in the Vanuatu Parliament. These are Government Bills and Private Bills. The Budget is simply a rather complicated form of Government Bill and it will be dealt with separately. Government Bills are by far the most common. They may arise from party policy, or because interest groups have asked for them or because the Administration has decided it needs them or they may be to make Vanuatu follow a new international agreement or United Nations resolution.

2017 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2017

First Ordinary Session: 1 - 8 June 2017
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Bill for the Tax Administration

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Bill for the Value Added Tax (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Business License (Amendment)

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Bill for the Import Duties (Consolidated) (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Stamp Duties (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Land Acquisition (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Land Leases (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Land Reform (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Strata Titles (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Supplementary Appropriation (2017) 

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First Extra Ordinary Session: 9 - 19 June 2017
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Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill

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Counter - Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime (Amendment) Bill

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United Nations Financial Sanctions Bill

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Government  (Amendment) Bill [related to UN Financial Sanctions]

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Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing

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Dealers in Securities (Licensing)  (Amendment) Bill

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International Banking  (Amendment) Bill

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Casino (Control)  (Amendment) Bill

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Company and Trust Service Provider  (Amendment) Bill

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International Campanies (Amendment) Bill

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Penal Code (Amendment) Bill

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Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Bill

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 Firearms (Amendment) Bill

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2016 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2016

Second Ordinary Session
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Bill for the Appropriation of 2017

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Bill for the Civil Aviation (Amendment)

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Bill for the Decentralization (Amendment)

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Bill for the Energy Efficiency 

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Bill for the Law Commission (Amendment)

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Bill for the Maritime Sector Regulatory

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Bill for the Meteorology and Geological Hazards and Climate Change

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 Bill for the Oaths (Amendment)

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 Bill for the Public Finance (Amendment)

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Bill for the Public Solicitor (Amendment)

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Bill for the Supplementary Appropriation of 2016

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Bill for the Treaty concerning Maritime boundaries Ratification

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Bill for the Water Resource Management (Amendment)

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Bill for the water supply (Amendment)

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Second Extra Ordinary Session
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Bill for the Bureau of Standards

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 Bill for the Citizenship (Amendment)

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Bill for the Commercial Government Business Enterprise

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Bill for the Immigration (Amendment)

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Bill for the NPFC

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Bill for the Penal Code (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Quarry (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Referendum (Amendment)

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Bill for the Right to Information 

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Bill for the Statue Law Miscellaneous Provision

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Bill for the Utilities Regulator Authority (Amendment)

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