Care Taker Government: No New Policies

Again we speak to Mr. Denning.

Mr. Denning say’s “the Political situation has yet produced a nut case scenario where some politicians think they can introduce new policies during a care taker period”.

“In Vanuatu, the restrictions on government activity should be more stringent and limit a government to only its day-to-day running and urgent and essential decisions during a care taker period”

Mr. Denning continued that “during this period, the Government retains its responsibility to govern and ministers remain in charge of their departments. Essential business is carried on, which may include meetings of Cabinet or Cabinet committees as required”

“Ministers continue in office but must observe discretion in initiating any action or making any commitment of a continuing or long-term character once the election has been announced. This means the deferral of activity such as: taking or announcing major policy decisions; entering into large/contentious procurement contracts or significant long-term commitments; and making some senior public appointments and approving Senior Civil Service appointments, provided that such postponement would not be detrimental to the national interest or wasteful of public money”

It is customary for Ministers to observe discretion in initiating any new action of a continuing or long-term character. Decisions on matters of policy on which a new Government might be expected to want the opportunity to take a different view from the present Government should be postponed until after the Election, provided that such postponement would not be detrimental to the national interest or wasteful of public money.

“If decisions cannot wait, they should, where possible, be handled by temporary arrangements or consultation with the relevant opposition spokesperson”

 

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Julian Ligo

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