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Rabuka backs Emoluments Committee report

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has defended the recommendations of the Emoluments Committee’s report that was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday for the first time.

The report recommends that the Office of the President, Office of the Speaker, all Ministers, Assistant Ministers, and all Members of Parliament receive an increase in the Salaries and Allowances for the current Parliamentary Term.

The report outlines that only the Prime Minister and the Minister for Finance get a decrease in salary.

Speaking to FijiLive, the Prime Minister said as Members of Parliament, they continue to deal with State affairs and their salary must reflect this.

Rabuka said a lot is expected from the MPs.

He also argued that all Ministers perform the same duty and that they must be paid the same rate.

Currently, Ministers are paid on different pay scales due to the importance and duties performed by individual Ministers.

Rabuka stated the report by the Emoluments Committee will be taken back to Cabinet for endorsement before the Ministry of Finance works on the calculations before it is brought back to Cabinet for a date for its second reading in Parliament.

He said all this must be determined by Cabinet.

“It has been ongoing for some time now. It was there before, but the Committee has been delaying the report for some time. They have just completed the report. This has to happen and we must carry on with it,” Rabuka said.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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