White papers to be finalised

Minister for Agriculture and Waterways Dr Mahendra Reddy and Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu outside Parliament. Picture: JONA KONATACI

The defence white paper, the police white paper and the intelligence white paper will be finalised once the National Security Strategy is approved by Cabinet.

Minister for Defence Inia Seruiratu told the Committee of Supply that the Solicitor-General was vetting the National Security Strategy.

“The last meeting that we had with the Office of the Solicitor-General was on 26th of June, 2020 and hopefully that final vetting will be completed soon,” he said.

“Because the Cabinet paper has already been drafted for this to go back into Cabinet and then the next work from there is the Bill.”

He said the ministry had been renamed as Ministry for Defence, National Security and Policing.

“The honourable Leader of Opposition would know that all that we have in the Ministry of Defence still is what was used to be when it was Ministry of Home Affairs.”

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