What ex­cuse?

Fiji Sun - - Comments -

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?

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