Government to begin search for new ombudsman soon
It appears the Government will soon start its search for a new political ombudsman despite moves to have the office scrapped.
Leader of government business in the House of Representatives, Phillip Paulwell, says the Cabinet is not inclined to accepting the abolition of the Office of the Political Ombudsman.
At the same time, Paulwell has also advised that Cabinet has considered the matter of appointing a new political ombudsman, following the departure of Bishop Herro Blair at the end of June 2013.
He says consultations will begin shortly to identify a successor to Blair, who was appointed in 2002.
Blair stepped down from the post because of developments in his church ministry, which, he said, would not afford him quality time to function as political ombudsman.
Member of Parliament Everald Warmington has vigorously opposed the retention of the Office of the Political Ombudsman.
Warmington has questioned whether the expenditure of roughly $18 million dollars each year on the office was justified.
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