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.

2020 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2020

First Ordinary Session: 11 June to 19 June 2020
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Bill for the Finance Dealers Licensing (Amendment) Act No. of 2020 

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Bill for the National Payment System 

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Bill for the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act No. of 2020 

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Bill for the Satue Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act No. of 2020 

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Bill for the Campanies (Amendment) Act No. of 2020 

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Bill for the Treaty between the Solompon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu Concerning their Maritime Boundaries (Radifications) Act No. of 2020 

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Bill for the Tax Administration Act (Amendment) Act No. of 2020 

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Bill for the Adoption Act No. of 2020n 

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Bill for the Parliament (Memnbers Expenses and Allowances) (Amendment) Act No. of 2020 

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Bill for the Supplementary Appropriation (2020) Act No. of 2020 

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Bill for the Police (Amendment) Act No. of 2020 

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Bill for the Decentralization (Amendment) Act No. of 2020 

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Bill for the Municipalities (Amendment) Act No. of 2020 

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Bill for the Trade Disputes (Amendment) Act No. of 2020 

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2018 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2018

Second Ordinary Session: 10 December to 19 December 2018
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Bill for the Appropriation (2019) 

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Bill for the Correctional Services (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Customs (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Disaster Risk Management 

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Bill for the Environmental Protection and Conservation (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Forestry 

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Bill for the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency 

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Bill for the Ozone Layer Protection 

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Bill for the Protection of Traditional Knowledge 

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Bill for the Rent Taxation (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Right to Information (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) 

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Bill for the Tax Administration 

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Bill for the Telecommunication and Radio Broadcasting Regulation (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Value Added Tax (Amendment)

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Second Extra Ordinary Session: 23 November to 7 December 2018
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Bill for the Charitable Associations (Incorporations) (Amendment)

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Bill for the Citizenship (Amendment)

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Bill for the Companies (Amendment)

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Bill for the Financial Dealers Licensing (Amendment

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Bill for the Foundations (Amendment)

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Bill for the International Companies (Amendment)

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Bill for the Labour (Work Permits) (Amendment)

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Bill for the Mutual Funds (Amendment)

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Bill for the Offshore Limited Partnership (Amendment)

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Bill for the Partnership (Amendment)

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Bill for the Unit Trust (Amendment)

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Bill for the Company and Trust Service Providers (Amendment)

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