Sat | Nov 18, 2017

Public could improve NIDS law further

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I hasten to state that I have not been privileged to see and read the National Identification Bill now being debated in the Parliament; but, my word, all of 168 amendments, to date? That is two amendments for each of the 84 combined membership of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Is that not a record?

Well, if the parliamentarians, who I apprehend would readily admit that all wisdom does not reside within them, could so far find 168 ways of improving the bill, certainly, exposure to an examination by the general public must have made for even greater refinement.

Therein lies the evidence and the platform upon which the sensible agitation rests for the public interest to be gainfully served by the bill being placed before a joint select committee of Parliament.

Can it ever be too late for the interest of the public to be properly addressed?

Would it not amount to a dereliction of duty if you continue to ignore the call, Prime Minister?

A.J. NICHOLSON