The Opposition Democratic Party has questioned the government’s motive behind plans to shift the Cook Islands Consulate Office in New Zealand to become a division of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
Deputy prime minister Mark Brown is still in Fiji and will this week attend the Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting. The three-day meeting starts today.
As the government is poised to give MPs a reported 45 per cent pay hike, the prime minister has been challenged to change the Constitution and implement a 45 per cent increase to the number of days parliament is legally required to sit.
The Opposition Democratic Party is expecting across the board remuneration increase for all MPs to be as high as 45 per cent, which would effectively cost the country’s taxpayers in excess of an additional $2 million.
The speed at which government is trying to implement a pay increase for all MPs, without any debate in Parliament and input from the Opposition is completely unprincipled, says Democratic Party Opposition leader Tina Browne.
Deputy prime minister Mark Brown is in China attending the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held this week in Beijing.
Government’s allocation of $180,000 for Members of Parliament (MPs) travel in the Appropriation Amendment Bill copped criticism in Parliament recently.