28 Aug 2009

Solomons court to consider MPs entitlements in September

9:01 am on 28 August 2009

The Solomon Islands High Court has set a date in September to hear the Attorney General's application for a judicial review of the executive and legislative action of the Parliamentary Entitlements Commission.

The Solomon Times reports this is in relation to the 2009 Parliamentary Entitlements Regulation increases and new awards which the commission has approved to members of parliament.

The Government has said that the application will ask the High Court to declare whether or not the Parliamentary Entitlements Commission acted within the constitution when setting the increased entitlements.

Some of the new entitlements granted to MPs include a grant to spouses of MPs, a house and vehicle for the Prime Minister at the end of his term in office, and an amendment to the PER to qualify Finance Minister Snyder Rini for the prime minister's pension.

The Attorney General is resorting to court action because the Parliamentary Entitlements Commission refused a cabinet request to revoke the PER increases and new awards.