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MPs shouldn’t have a say

Wednesday June 13, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

A National Environment Service worker has told me that Members of Parliament get the final say on what developments are improved on Rarotonga.

That would be like allowing me to issue warrants of fitness. Perhaps, using common sense, I could be right sometimes, but you sure wouldn’t want to find out when driving along at 50kph that I hadn’t noticed the worn tie-rod ends!

So we leave it to those trained in the field.

There are some very knowledgeable and experienced people in our various departments who are better suited to making final decisions on such critical matters as approval of EIAs.

I believe we must also consider that party politics makes it near impossible for an MP to remain neutral. Does it not make sense therefore, to let qualified, neutral people judge what developments go ahead?

Another matter for political reform - Ensure our experts, from all relevant departments, put their heads together for EIAs and MPs not be allowed to override their decisions.

            June Hosking