Public want justification of increase of MP allowances

Members of the general public have come out to give their views, on the increase of Members of Parliament (MPs) allowances that have been increased since January 1st 2018.

Comments have been posted on social media on the issue.

The people feel the increase in MPs allowances must be justified for the purpose of transparency and accountability on how national wealth is distributed.

On Thursday 22nd November 2018, the Daily Post carried a full breakdown on increase in MPs Allowances that came into effect on January 1, 2018. The breakdown includes MPs Sitting Allowance, Accommodation Allowance and Subsistence Allowance.

Some complaints raised on social media, questioned some MPs whom members of the public alleged, have been silent in many parliamentary sessions, if not all.

And some who have been alleged to have never raise their voices during parliamentary sittings for and on behalf of their voters.

At one time, one MP suggested that parliament should introduce a time register whereby all MPs would be required to clock in when entering the chamber for meetings and clock out at the end of every day sessions.

Their allowances should then be calculated based on their attendance and timing. But now, the members of the public say, some MPs don’t contribute in discussions on bills nor speaking out for and on behalf of their voters.

“A MP is just not there to raise hands during voting on bills,” a member of the public voiced.

“MPs must speak out for and on behalf of the voters, their people.”

Another said MPs hold the highest constitutional post in representing the people of the Republic of Vanuatu and are legislators of the Republic of Vanuatu.

“Many families in Vanuatu, especially in Port Vila and Luganville Santo and other urban sectors of Vanuatu, and even in the islands strive to make a living today, while MPs get Vt30,000 per day. It is unfair.”

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