Opposition lawmaker Julian Fraser has insisted that community members and lawmakers in the broader sense are not “wholesale bandits” as the government’s latest bill seems to suggest.
Fraser asked if any proverbial “atrocities” committed to date have been outrageous enough to justify the draconian measures mentioned in the government’s proposed Public Integrity Act currently being submitted to the House of Assembly will.
The veteran lawmaker said he shuddered at what the future holds for lawmakers once the law goes into effect.
“It’s like they’re wholesalers and something must be done to stop them.”
“But it’s not just the House of Assembly,” Fraser continued. “I think we’d find a way to get through this. But what about the other people who do not have the resources, they do not have the powers under Section 82 of the Constitution to legislate on their immunities and privileges, but are subject to the legislation we are talking about here. “
Fraser said he wasn’t sure he was ready to live in a society with such laws.
“I really don’t believe that the members of this community are the mass bandits than the laws like this make them out to be,” Fraser said.
He argued that while there might be some bad apples in the community, “they would smell” and “find”. “You don’t have to throw the whole basket away because you smell a rotten apple,” he added.
Lawmakers said some provisions in the proposed bill will prevent some of the best residents from serving on boards of directors and will also prevent the best people from becoming civil servants.
“I think the prime minister is not doing this properly. I cannot agree with him on this point, ”said the senior legislator.
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