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Due processes have to be followed: Rabuka

Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka says due processes have to be followed before the increase in pay and allowances for Members of Parliament and Cabinet can be authorised.

Rabuka in a statement said this will include amendments to the Parliamentary Remunerations Act of 2014.

“I want to assure the nation that I am listening to your views aired since the motion was passed last week in Parliament.”

“A Bill to amend the Parliamentary Remunerations Act 2014 will be prepared by the Solicitor General’s Office, and it will undergo public consultations and independent review, before it is considered by Cabinet and Parliament.”

He said members of the public can have their say on the Bill once it is ready and released for consultation.

“Therefore, I encourage the public to be objective in their assessment.”

“At this stage it is premature to comment on the proposals from the Emoluments Committee. However people are commenting freely, as it is their human right.”

“Further, the media is free to report on reactions from the public as it is the people’s freedom and right to receive information freely.”

“This is democracy in action, where members of the public have their say and the media reports freely.”

Rabuka said there are a number of factors that will be considered by Cabinet before the Bill is presented to Parliament.

“One of the important determinants is the availability of funding to meet the associated
expenditure on the motion passed by Parliament.”

“Based on this premise, the Government will consider options available to minimise the impact of the increase to our national budget.”

Commenting on the MOUs’ establishing the Coalition Government, the Prime Minister said this is a matter between the Parties, and will be discussed between the Parties, at their discretion.

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports |


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