WHEREAS financial and administrative autonomy of Parliament is an undisputed benchmark of a true democracy;
AND WHEREAS a legislative proposal entitled the Houses of Parliament Service Authority Bill, 2014 was laid in Parliament and referred to a Joint Select Committee in 2014;
AND WHEREAS the Joint Select Committee agreed that parliamentary autonomy is essential to the recalibration of the existing relationship between the Executive and the Legislature;
AND WHEREAS the Government, in adopting the 2015 Manifesto of the People?s National Movement as its official policy framework, confirmed its commitment to the principles of parliamentary autonomy;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate call on the Government to introduce legislation by April 30, 2018 to give effect to parliamentary autonomy and that this legislation be immediately referred to a Joint Select Committee of Parliament for early consideration and report.
(By Senator Wade Mark)
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