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Gov't accused of trying to frustrate Parliamentary committees

Peter Bunting
 
The Opposition is accusing the government of attempting to frustrate the work of Parliamentary committees, which provide oversight to the work of the executive branch of government.
 
The issue was raised during Tuesday morning's meeting of Parliament's Economic and Production Committee following a notice informing members that the deliberations should be confined to matters referred to it by the House of Representatives.
 
The notice also stated that a committee's decision to summon persons and request documents shall only be made by a majority of a committee's membership.
 
Committee member Peter Bunting rejected the notice, labelling it as a mockery of the work of the oversight body "because it would be the executive themselves who would be determining the work of Parliament in its oversight of the executive," - a principle that "obviously makes no sense." 
 


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