CLEAN-UP

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are han­dled, de­vel­oped in re­sponse to a fall­out over the dis­tri­bu­tion of Labour Day work back in May.

Paulwell re­called that the agree­ment was made in June be­tween him­self and Der­rick Smith, the min­is­ter with­out port­fo­lio in the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter and leader of gov­ern­ment business in the Lower House, on the in­struc­tion of Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness.

“Min­is­ter Der­rick Smith and my­self did meet and we agreed that in re­la­tion to these mat­ters, ev­ery­body would be made aware and that there would be equal shar­ing of re­sources ex­cept for the leader of the op­po­si­tion and the prime min­is­ter,” said Paulwell.

He ex­plained that the new at­ti­tude the Op­po­si­tion will be em­brac­ing go­ing for­ward would mean that Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters would find it dif­fi­cult to do work on days sched­uled for Par­lia­ment to sit.

TEN­SION NEC­ES­SARY

He said the ten­sion that will re­sult is nec­es­sary to bring home to the Hol­nessled ad­min­is­tra­tion “that we are not go­ing to set­tle for fool­ish­ness”.

Con­tin­ued Paulwell: “Un­til they un­der­stand that they need the sup­port of the Op­po­si­tion

for this country not to get back into a state of civil up­set, I think we have a duty.”

In re­spond­ing to the threat from Paulwell, Smith accused him of un­fairly pre­judg­ing the out­come of an on­go­ing probe.

He ar­gued that hav­ing asked the Of­fice of the Con­trac­tor Gen­eral to in­ves­ti­gate the is­sue, the Op­po­si­tion should have waited for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to con­clude be­fore pro­nounc­ing a ver­dict on the mat­ter.

“To my sure knowl­edge, the con­trac­tor gen­eral has not con­cluded his in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but Mr Paulwell and the Op­po­si­tion have gone ahead and ar­rived at a judge­ment,” Smith said.

Smith said that upon the rul­ing of the con­trac­tor gen­eral, the Gov­ern­ment would take the nec­es­sary ac­tions.

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