GENERAL Bridgid Annisette-George is expected to pilot a
bill in the House of Representatives today, to bring pension
and gratuity payments to retired legislators to reflect
the recommendations of the Salaries Review Commission (SRC).
Annisette-George said, during yesterdays post-Cabinet
news briefing, that the bill to be introduced would amend
the Retirement Allowances from Legislative Service Act 2007.
She said the act dealt with terminal benefits for
legislators defined by the act as elected Members of the
House of Representatives and Ministers of Government.
The intent is to make clear provisions of the 36th and 82nd
reports of the Salaries Review Commission and the Finance
(No 2) Act of 2007 and the Finance (Amendment) Act 2007.
two pieces of legislation sought to give effect to the Cabinet
decision to accept the recommendation of the Salaries Review
Commission, the AG said.
In a review of the provisions in these two pieces of legislation,
however, it was discovered that they did not capture properly
the Cabinet decision, she added.
Though the two acts were passed by Parliament with the support
of the opposition, Annisette-George said, the Government
had decided it was prudent that effect be given to
the decision of the Cabinet that accepted without modification
the recommendation of the Salaries Review Commission.