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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


SPLUTTERING PARLIAMENT

MEDIA STATEMENT BY TOMMY ABRAHAMS, MP 
UDM ACTING CHIEF WHIP

In deference to dignified Speaker of the National Assembly, especially in light of her reference to the probability that something could be very wrong in the functioning of Parliament, the ruling made on my call for Parliament to be adjourned until January 2000 is unhappily accepted.

The suggestion that a thorough examination of the manner in which the committees have been functioning is welcomed, because high-handedness will be revealed. It is worth noting that on the very day the Joint Programming Committee deliberated my proposal, notice of a meeting scheduled for 14h00 was received by the UDM at 13h00 from Mr Johnny de Lange, the Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Open Democracy Bill. The Members of another Party apparently received their notices on Thursday morning.

Now that is fast-tracking!

It is regrettable that some Whips refused to accept that the perception of the voting public is that Parliament is not functioning in their interests. They unconvincingly tried to defend the production of four bits of amending legislation after numerous meetings of a plethora of committees since June, by expansively detailing the things other than the passing of legislation which Parliament was created for.

Somebody has yet to lucidly explain, so that we ordinary folk can understand, why the whole of Parliament must keep itself busy with briefings, interpellations, motions and such like while a few Committees sit and wait for three of the four essential Bills to be submitted by the Cabinet.

It is trusted that the Speaker, who is an honourable person, will find ways to kick-start a spluttering Parliament.

ENQUIRIES:
TOMMY ABRAHAMS
UDM ACTING CHIEF WHIP

15 October 1999

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