Simon Hazelman, Savusavu
The excuse from the Emoluments Committee that Parliamentarians not receive a salary hike because the country is still recovering from damages caused by Cyclone Winston is not only a very poor excuse but an unjustifiable one! First and foremost, an increase must be justified by productivity – a quality that is obviously lacking – especially from the Opposition. Secondly, both sides of the house ought to work together efficiently and reasonably in order to drive the nation forward in the best possible way, a function that hasn’t really existed from Day One! Apart from this no other reason is good enough for nothing else justifies an increase! With the never-ending poor attitude of Parliamentarians, particularly from the Opposition, a decrease would make more sense. Isn’t it sad though that the only matter that both sides of the house will say ‘yay’ to is an increase in salary?