And unless I heard wrong, a couple of raspberries to the two Democratic Party MPs -– Leader of the Opposition Tina Browne (Rakahanga), and Selina Napa (Titikaveka) – who voted with the other 10 government-aligned MPs in support of the bill which makes the wearing of safety helmets compulsory on motorbikes.
(Things would have been different if the remaining four Demo MPs were in the house).
There was no opportunity given to the public to comment on the bill. Government obviously sneaked it in amongst all the turmoil relating to Covid-19. A dictatorship? You tell me.
Like nearly all bills, they go straight from Crown Law to Parliament without any amendments.
I understand the law change will take effect in Rarotonga three months after it is assented to by the Queen's Representative. So we should see a bit of action around the end of June – if nothing else happens before then!
Watch this space.
Oh, and Parliament has adjourned sine die -- after only one day sitting this year. Not a bad job for one who received a $22,500 increase in salary on 1 July 2019. I believe Parliament has sat for only seven days since then. Too good.